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UW–Madison, local startup testing a one-two punch against hard-to-heal wounds

October 1, 2019

Millions of people with severe burns or diabetic skin ulcers could benefit from an experimental enhancement to a…
An army of microrobots can wipe out dental plaque

April 29, 2019

A visit to the dentist typically involves time-consuming and sometimes unpleasant scraping with mechanical tools to remove plaque…
Princeton to test new Microsoft Station B platform toward goal of boosting production of lifesaving biological therapies

March 18, 2019

Princeton University has teamed up with Microsoft to collaborate on the leading edge of microbiology and computational modelling…
Electrifying wound care: Better bandages to destroy bacteria

March 12, 2019

Bandages infused with electricity can help heal wounds faster than typical bandages or antibiotics—but for years, researchers have…
Researcher deciphers flows that help bacteria feed and organize biofilms

December 13, 2018

Under threat of being scrubbed away with disinfectant, individual bacteria can improve their odds of survival by joining…
A bacterial biofilm. Image courtesy of the researchers
Researchers find a way to peel slimy biofilms like old stickers

December 6, 2018

By looking at the films from a mechanical engineering perspective, as well as a biological one, the researchers…
Princeton and Microsoft collaborate to tackle fundamental challenges in microbiology

November 30, 2018

In this project, Microsoft is helping Princeton to better understand the mechanisms of biofilm formation by providing advanced…
Researchers discover how fatal biofilms form

October 9, 2018

By severely curtailing the effects of antibiotics, the formation of organized communities of bacterial cells known as biofilms…
Biofilm reactor promises to cut production costs on vitamin K

October 3, 2018

In an innovative study that promises to reduce production costs for the most potent form of vitamin K…
Researchers develop microbubble scrubber to destroy dangerous biofilms

September 20, 2018

Stiff microbial films often coat medical devices, household items and infrastructure such as the inside of water supply…
Bacterial Communities Use Sophisticated Strategy to Communicate over Long Distances

July 26, 2018

It’s the way we end up with a fresh cup of coffee from a clump of beans. It’s…
Nanoparticle Supersoap Creates ‘Bijel’ With Potential as Sculptable Fluid

September 27, 2017

A new two-dimensional film, made of polymers and nanoparticles and developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s…
Magnetized viruses attack harmful bacteria

August 2, 2017

Magnetic nanoparticle clusters have the power to punch through biofilms to reach bacteria that can foul water treatment…
Blocking Yeast-Bacteria Interaction May Prevent Severe Biofilms That Cause Childhood Tooth Decay

June 21, 2017

Though most tooth decay can be blamed on bacteria, such as Streptococcus mutans, the fungus Candida albicans may…
Study finds amoeba “grazing,” killing bacteria usually protected by film

April 20, 2017

Bacteria have developed an uncountable number of chemistries, lifestyles, attacks and defenses through 2.5 billion years of evolution.…
Protein Disrupts Infectious Biofilms

December 19, 2016

Many infectious pathogens are difficult to treat because they develop into biofilms, layers of metabolically active but slowly…
Oxygen can wake up dormant bacteria for antibiotic attacks

December 9, 2016

Bacterial resistance does not come just through adaptation to antibiotics, sometimes the bacteria simply go to sleep. An…
Smart molecules reveal clandestine life of bacteria

December 5, 2016

A research team lead by Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have synthesized a new “smart” compound that is set…
Scientists get their first look into how bacteria construct a slimy biofilm fortress

October 19, 2016

Princeton researchers have for the first time revealed the mechanics of how bacteria build up slimy masses, called…
Ultraviolet light—antimicrobial agents of the future

October 17, 2016

The part of sunlight in the ultraviolet spectrum plays an important role for our lives on Earth. With…
Bacterial biofilms can make mortar more water-resistant

August 2, 2016

Most buildings nowadays are constructed using mortar materials. They are strong and relatively inexpensive. However, they are vulnerable…
Beneficial biofilm works as a ‘probiotic’ to control biofouling

May 5, 2016

A team of chemical engineers at Penn State has developed a beneficial biofilm with the ability to prevent…
Space Kombucha in the search for life and its origin

July 30, 2015

You might know it as a drink for hipsters or as an ancient brew drunk for centuries in…
Resolving social conflict is key to survival of bacterial communities

July 29, 2015

Far from being selfish organisms whose sole purpose is to maximize their own reproduction, bacteria in large communities…
Naturally occurring amino acid could improve oral health

May 8, 2015

Arginine, a common amino acid found naturally in foods, breaks down dental plaque, which could help millions of…
Proteins off the roll

December 3, 2014

Protein-coated Petri dishes are increasingly being used to support cell growth during cell cultivation. Scientists have developed a…
Engineered proteins stick like glue — even in water

September 22, 2014

Shellfish such as mussels and barnacles secrete very sticky proteins that help them cling to rocks or ship…
Findings suggest how swimming cells form biofilms on surfaces

September 12, 2014

This graphic illustrates how swimming microorganisms cause the stretching of polymers (elongated red, yellow and blue features) in…
Key to pathogenic slime uncovered

September 3, 2014

Dental plaque, the sludge in hot springs and black slime inside of toilets are all examples of biofilms,…
Catheter innovation destroys dangerous biofilms

March 26, 2014

An artistic configuration of catheters in various stages of being clogged by biofilm. Credit: Duke University For the…
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