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Web Date: January 31, 2007

Biofilm Turf Wars

Observation of a growing biofilm reveals rapid evolution of an exploitative interaction between bacterial species
Department: Science & Technology

Bacterial biofilms are responsible for the plaque on your teeth as well as persistent infections on medical devices, but how hundreds of species of competing bacteria coexist in these organized communities has been a conundrum. Now, researchers in Denmark and New Zealand have made the first direct observation of the evolution of bacterial relationships in a biofilm (Nature 2007, 445, 533).

Søren Molin, a microbiologist at the Technical University of Denmark, and his colleagues . . .

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