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Tackling Biofilm Formation

Introduction

Microbial biofilm formation has important implications for human health and disease. Biofilms on indwelling devices such as implants, blood and urinary catheters, heart valves and endotracheal tubes represent a persistent source of pathogenic microbes that can invade the human body and cause serious illness. This article provides an overview of novel approaches to improve our understanding of biofilms and enhance the diagnosis and treatment of bacterial implant infections.