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Discovery Opens Door to Attacking Biofilms That Cause Chronic Infections
July 12, 2012
Using super-resolution microscopy and continuous fluorescent imaging, UC Berkeley's Veysel Berk has for the first time revealed the structure of bacterial biofilms, which are responsible for the tenacious nature of bacterial diseases such as cholera, chronic sinusitis and lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients. The picture of bacterial apartment buildings provides new targets for the development of drugs that can tear down these structures and expose them to antibiotics.
University of California, Berkeley
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