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150 MRS BULLETIN VOLUME 36 MARCH 2011 www.mrs.org/bulletin NEWS & ANALYSIS RESEARCH/RESEARCHERS
 

Summary: 150 MRS BULLETIN VOLUME 36 MARCH 2011 www.mrs.org/bulletin
NEWS & ANALYSIS RESEARCH/RESEARCHERS
The performance of heat exchangers,
ventilation systems, ship hulls, and
medical implants are often compromised
by biofilms. Biofilms are communities
of microorganisms that form on solid
or fluid interfaces and are designed to
protect the individual cells, such as
bacteria, from the environment. Protec-
tion largely comes from the extracel-
lular matrix (ECM) that is secreted by
the cells. The ECM hinders diffusion of
molecules through the biofilm, which
limits the effectiveness of antimicrobi-
als and can lead to drug resistance. The
resulting pernicious nature of biofilms
is commonly associated with the com-
plex chemistry of the ECM. However,
researchers at Harvard University have

  

Source: Aizenberg, Joanna - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

 

Collections: Materials Science