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Why do most bacteria in nature live in biofilm communities?

Topic

Systems

Framing Question

Why do most bacteria in nature live in biofilm communities?

Learning Objectives

  • Give an example of a beneficial and a detrimental biofilm.
  • List the stages of biofilm formation and maturation.
  • Compare and contrast cell structure and function in a biofilm with pelagic cells.
  • Explain how and why biofilm development may differ in different environments.
  • Predict conditions that would favor biofilm formation and where they might be found.
  • Identify the stages of biofilm development that are more susceptible to destruction.
  • Describe differential gene expression in a biofilm.
  • Develop a drug to prevent biofilm formation.
  • Explain the role of biofilms in chronic diseases/infections.

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