Biofilms: Building bacterial cities

Friday 14 November – Sunday 16 November 2014
10.00am-5.00pm (Fri/Sat)
10.00am-3.00pm (Sun)

Museum Gardens
Bethnal Green
London E2 9PA

Suitable for:
All ages

Exhibit description

The team

From the University of Dundee:

- Dr Nicola Stanley-Wall
- Dr Emma Sheils
- Ms Emma Bissett
- Ms Erin Hardee
- Dr Laura Hobley
- Dr Sofia Ferreira

The science behind the exhibit

Bacteria are single-celled organisms that form large, social communities called biofilms. A commonly encountered example of a biofilm is dental plaque. Bacteria within a biofilm are encased in a self-produced, “sticky coat”, the biofilm matrix. This matrix protects cells within the biofilm from both physical and chemical stress and means that biofilms are often impervious to antibiotics. Therefore biofilms have profound global effects on human health and in various medical and industrial sectors. Understanding how biofilms form is critical to the development of novel antibiotics and to harnessing the power of the social biofilm community for beneficial purposes.

What to expect

- Build and blast your own bacterial city
- Learn where bacterial cities lurk in your home, neighbourhood and on you…
- Meet and have your photo taken with “Micro the Magnificent” our giant microbe

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