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Clinging to Crevices, E. Coli Thrive


April 10, 2013

biofilm with flagella The scourge of the health care industry, bacteria like E. coli are adept at clinging to the materials used in medical implants like pacemakers, prosthetics, stents and catheters, spreading slimy biofilm and causing dangerous infections. New research from Harvard University helps to explain how these waterborne bacteria can colonize rough surfaces--even those that have been designed to resist water. Full Story

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