As bacteria build fortresses, scientists seek weak points for attacks


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/08/25/as-bacteria-build-fortresses.html


#2

Bacteria as prokaryotes. All living organisms on Earth are made up of one of two basic types of cells: eukaryotic cells, in which the genetic material is enclosed within a nuclear membrane, or prokaryotic cells, in which the genetic material is not separated from the rest of the cell.

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#3

Yea, I played SimEarth too. But it worries me to think I, too, am a colony of cells. Any universal biofilm killer might just unzip all my cells too, and then where would we be?


#5

Bacterial + Biofilm + Catheter = Repulsed Shudder.

I had GI surgery and had to wear a catheter for a week. The thought of a UTI on top of that…


#6

You are both a colony of cells and the host of several other colonies of cells on you and in you.
And the guests outnumber the hosts.
Basically, we are just mobile organic bioreactors.


#7

Form follows function. Or stress patterns. This is something a structural engineer can learn from.


#8

And they can influence our behavior too so we’re just glorified Uber drivers for bacteria


#9

Pretty sure most of the non-human cells residing in my 100% definitely very human body aren’t stuck in biofilms. The ones that are are the ones trying to hurt me, in ways I as a real human who eats bread can be hurt.


#10

While most research in biofilms has focused on harmful ones, that may not be reflective of reality. It is beginning to look like a lot of our commensal bacteria in our gut are in biofilms, for example.


#11

Well I guess as a human that would make a lot of sense in my human body.


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