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Sticky Situations

Scientists are beginning to understand how bacteria find strength in numbers

10:28am, July 11, 2001

Every night, a social transformation takes place right under your nose. As you sleep, millions of bacteria in your mouth switch from being free-living drifters to established community members. Those bacteria, which escaped the evening assault of your toothbrush, become part of a sticky coating on your teeth.

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