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For bacteria, it's a hard-knock life

Colonies of bacteria thrive on stiffer surfaces

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12:26pm, May 19, 2008

Forget soft, cushy digs. Bacteria like to set up house and home on stiff surfaces.

Bacteria form more colonies on rigid surfaces, a team of researchers report in the May 2 Biomacromolecules. The trait could be exploited to improve designs of bacteria-resistant medical implants.

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