Laser-Triggered Nanobubbles Blast a Path into Biofilms
Laser-Triggered Nanobubbles Blast a Path into Biofilms
Researchers could one day use the method to deliver antibiotics to topical wounds infected by hard-to-treat masses of bacteria.
Laser-Triggered Nanobubbles Blast a Path into Biofilms
Laser-Triggered Nanobubbles Blast a Path into Biofilms

Researchers could one day use the method to deliver antibiotics to topical wounds infected by hard-to-treat masses of bacteria.

Researchers could one day use the method to deliver antibiotics to topical wounds infected by hard-to-treat masses of bacteria.

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Image of the Day: Living Art
Image of the Day: Living Art
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 12, 2019
Swirls of bacteria form on an agar plate.
Image of the Day: Micro Cleaners
Image of the Day: Micro Cleaners
Chia-Yi Hou | May 8, 2019
Microrobots kill bacteria and clean surfaces covered in biofilm.
Fossilized Brains Called into Question, Might be Microbes
Fossilized Brains Called into Question, Might be Microbes
Abby Olena | Apr 11, 2018
Authors of a new study suggest that 520-million-year-old structures, previously identified as the brains of ancient arthropods, are instead preserved microbial biofilms.
Image of the Day: Fungal Fireworks
Image of the Day: Fungal Fireworks
The Scientist Staff | Jun 26, 2017
The fungus Aspergillus fumigatus begins to grow biofilms as it develops into a larger intertwined network.
Image of the Day: 3-Billion-Year-Old Bubbles 
Image of the Day: 3-Billion-Year-Old Bubbles 
The Scientist Staff | May 10, 2017
Fossilized gas bubbles, formed from being trapped by microbial biofilms, provide the oldest signature of life in terrestrial hot springs.
Stress, Bacteria Trigger Heart Attack?
Stress, Bacteria Trigger Heart Attack?
Jef Akst | Jun 12, 2014
A study implicates the breaking up of bacterial biofilms on fatty plaques in arteries as causing stroke or heart attack following stress.
Film Stars
Film Stars
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 1, 2014
Engineered bacteria can shape electricity-conducting nanowires.
Early Evidence
Early Evidence
Abby Olena | Mar 1, 2014
Fossilized structures suggest that mat-forming microbes have been around for almost 3.5 billion years.
Thwarting Persistence
Thwarting Persistence
Abby Olena | Nov 13, 2013
Researchers show that activating an endogenous protease can eliminate bacterial persisters.
Live Wires
Live Wires
Mohamed Y. El-Naggar and Steven E. Finkel | May 1, 2013
Discoveries of microbial communities that transfer electrons between cells and across relatively long distances are launching a new field of microbiology.
Bacterial Conduit
Bacterial Conduit
Mohamed Y. El-Naggar and Steven E. Finkel | Apr 30, 2013
Desulfobulbaceae bacteria were recently discovered to form centimeter-long cables, containing thousands of cells that share an outer membrane.
Electron Shuffle
Electron Shuffle
Mohamed Y. El-Naggar and Steven E. Finkel | Apr 30, 2013
Shewanella bacteria generate energy for survival by transporting electrons to nearby mineral surfaces.
Electric Microbe Hairs
Electric Microbe Hairs
Mohamed Y. El-Naggar and Steven E. Finkel | Apr 30, 2013
USC researcher Mohamed El-Naggar demonstrates how some bacteria grow electrical wires that allow them to link up in big biological circuits.
Bacterial Sacrifice
Bacterial Sacrifice
Kerry Grens | Jan 1, 2013
Patterns of cell death aid in the formation of beneficial wrinkles during the development of bacterial biofilms.
Next Generation: Regulated Wrinkles
Sabrina Richards | Aug 9, 2012
Researchers devise a way to create predictably patterned microwrinkles.
Nanoparticles Prevent Disease
Edyta Zielinska | Jun 22, 2012
Medical devices coated with selenium nanoparticles reduce the growth of a deadly hospital-borne infection.
Roundup from Microbiology Meeting
Edyta Zielinska | Jun 21, 2012
Some of the interesting stories researchers were discussing at this year’s American Society of Microbiology meeting in San Francisco.
One Pathogen, Two Biofilms
Jef Akst | Aug 5, 2011
A single fungal species can form two different kinds of biofilms—a pathogenic one and a sexual one.