Tricking Bugs into Not Forming Biofilms

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      New coating evicts biofilms for good

       

      posted on: july 30, 2012 – 7:30pm

      Cambridge, Mass. – July 30, 2012 – Biofilms may no longer have any solid ground upon which to stand.A team of Harvard scientists has developed a slick way to prevent the troublesome bacterial communities from ever forming on a surface. Biofilms stick to just about everything, from copper pipes to steel ship hulls to glass catheters. The slimy coatings are more than just a nuisance, resulting in decreased energy efficiency, contamination of water and food supplies, and—especially in medical settings—persistent infections.

      Even cavities in teeth are the unwelcome result of bacterial colonies.In a study published in the (), lead coauthors Joanna Aizenberg, Alexander Epstein, and Tak-Sing Wong coated solid surfaces with an immobilized liquid film to trick the bacteria into thinking they had nowhere to attach and grow.

      Full article here: New coating evicts biofilms for good | Science Codex

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