Scientists get first look into how bacteria construct a fortress

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-2-29-20-pmPrinceton researchers have for the first time revealed the mechanics of how bacteria build up slimy masses, called biofilms, cell by cell. When encased in biofilms in the human body, bacteria are a thousand times less susceptible to antibiotics, making certain infections, such as pneumonia, difficult to treat and potentially lethal.