Viruses help form biofilms

Bacteria frequently grow in communities called biofilms, which are aggregates of cells and polymers. An example of a biofilm is the dental plaque on your teeth. Biofilms are medically important as they can allow bacteria to persist in host tissues and on catheters, and confer increased resistance to antibiotics and dessication. Therefore understanding how biofilms form is …

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TWiV 127: Viruses are no joke

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit Vincent, Alan, and Rich explore a novel bunyavirus isolated in China, the recent polio outbreak in Republic of the Congo, and cell to cell transmission of a retrovirus by biofilm-like extracellular assemblies. [powerpress url=”″] Click the arrow above to play, or right-click to download TWiV #127 (62 MB .mp3, …

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