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New coating prevents build up of bacterial slime [Registered]

Biofilms may no longer have any solid ground upon which to stand. A team of Harvard scientists have developed a slick way to prevent the troublesome bacterial communities from ever forming on a surface. Biofilms stick to just about everything, from copper pipes to steel ship hulls to glass catheters. The slimy coatings are more than just a nuisance, resulting in decreased energy efficiency, contamination of water and food supplies, and-especially in medical settings-persistent infections. Even cavities in teeth are the unwelcome result of bacterial colonies. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS),…

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