"More so than many bacteria, Pseudomonas can be extraordinarily resistant to antibiotics, largely because the bacteria form themselves into sticky clusters called biofilms. A biofilm is like a slime home base where billions of bacteria stick together, becoming hundreds of times more resistant to detergents and antibiotics than when they're circulating alone."
"The mature, fully functioning biofilm is like a living tissue on the pipe or wall surface. It is a complex, metabolically cooperative community made up of different species each living in a customized micro-niche. Biofilms are even considered to have primitive circulatory systems"
"biofilm is like an impenetrable fortress on a microscopic scale."
"Antibiotics do not reduce the biofilm; they simply put it into a dormant state with a couple of bullet holes in it, so when you stop taking antibiotics, the problem returns like nothing happened. The biofilm is like a protective living cocoon, which quite frankly is an ingenious evolutionary survival trick, but only when it's being used for good, not evil."
"The biofilm that wraps itself around all your teeth, near and under the gums, can only be removed by your dentist or hygienist. This biofilm is like a sticky nylon stocking that traps bacteria and its compounds and protects them from your toothbrush, floss and mouth rinse."
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