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Mutant bacteria biofilms could be big problem for space travelers

Bacteria evolving into giant blobs that engulf unwary space travelers is only seen in Sci-Fi movies, but mutant bacterial biofilms are real, and a first ever study shows they could present a problem to space travelers.

Mānuka honey effective against pathogenic bacteria

The antiseptic properties of Mānuka honey have been hotly debated (along with other ‘health’ benefits.) Now a new report shows how, even at low dilutions, the honey can suppress bacterial growth.

Jefferson Memorial covered in microbial slime

Washington - Over the past ten years the Jefferson Memorial has turned from a white-ish sandstone color to a dark-grey. This has happened due to a microbial biofilm.

Bacteria communicate with each other in newly found ways

Researchers have discovered previously unknown ways by which bacteria ‘communicate’ with each other. These sensory mechanisms are important in terms of how diseases might spread.

Special coating developed to protect medical implants

Infections from medical implants are rare but they can still occur. In order to safeguard devices from bacterial contamination, researchers have developed a special biofilm coating.

Using bacterial biofilms to create new materials

A science group believes that bacterial biofilms are a potential new platform for designer nanomaterials. Such materials could clean up polluted rivers, manufacture pharmaceutical products and fabricate new textiles.

Bacteria are linked to heart attacks and stress

New York - A new study connects the breaking up of bacterial biofilms on fatty plaques in arteries as a trigger for stroke or heart attack following stress.
 

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Plastic produce containers can harbor pathogens  even after cleaning.
Plastic produce containers can harbor pathogens, even after cleaning.
Greg Henshall/FEMA
Polymicrobic biofilm grown on a stainless steel surface in a laboratory potable water biofilm reacto...
Polymicrobic biofilm grown on a stainless steel surface in a laboratory potable water biofilm reactor for 14 days, then stained with 4,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI) and examined by epifluorescence microscopy. Bar, 20 µm.
Ricardo Murga and Rodney Donlan / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Staphylococcus aureus biofilm on an indwelling catheter
Staphylococcus aureus biofilm on an indwelling catheter
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