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Ulcer-causing Bacteria Baffled by Mucus
January 18, 2012
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have discovered how certain polymers--like those found in human mucus and saliva--make it significantly more difficult for ulcer-causing bacteria to coordinate. The findings raise many new questions about the relationship between the individual and group behaviors of bacteria. The study also suggests that human mucus, saliva and other biological fluid barriers may have evolved to disrupt the ability of harmful bacteria to coordinate.
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