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illustration of biofilm

ANTIBIOTIC UPPER HAND  A new antibacterial ointment prevents communities of pathogens from forming slimy substances called biofilms (illustrated), where bacteria are shielded from antibiotics.

GUT CHECK  A plastic capsule containing instruments to sense various gut gases (illustrated) could help diagnose or monitor treatments for gastrointestinal problems. 

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TAGGING BACTERIA Microbes genetically modified to contain gas-filled protein pouches (illustrated) scatter sound waves, generating ultrasound signals that reveal the microbes’ location within the body.

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