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Together We Stand: Bacteria Organize to Survive Hostile Zones


November 13, 2007

Andre Levchenko and Hojung Cho Using an innovative device, researchers have gleaned important new information about how bacteria survive in hostile environments by forming antibiotic-resistant communities called biofilms. These biofilms play key roles in cystic fibrosis, urinary tract infections and other illnesses. Full Story

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Johns Hopkins University

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