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E. coli colony

TANGLY TENDRILS  This colony of E. coli bacteria gets its wrinkly look thanks to tendrils of cellulose that it uses to build a supertight, sticky web. A new view of microbes’ cellulose shows how it’s different from the kind found in plants.

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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