Bacterial Biofilms: Far More Than a Collection of Germs - Di

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Bacterial Biofilms: Far More Than a Collection of Germs - Di

Post by Electric Monk » Sat Jan 21, 2006 2:20 am

Bacterial Biofilms: Far More Than a Collection of Germs
Dianne Newman
Caltech Public Event
April 12, 2006 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium, Caltech, Pasadena, CA
Free event; no tickets or reservations required.

Bacteria are often given an undeserved bad rap, vilified as "germs" and things to be eradicated. This limited perspective unfortunately belies the far greater truth about them: these unicellular organisms are not only essential for our health, but have sustained (and shaped) our environment throughout Earth's history. This talk will give an overview of basic facts everyone should know about bacteria, with an emphasis on their metabolic diversity. Specifically, the fascinating inner workings of bacterial biofilms—communities of cells attached to surfaces in a wide variety of contexts—will be discussed.
Dianne K. Newman is Associate Professor of Geobiology and Environmental Science and Engineering at Caltech, and an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.


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