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Definition of a biofilm - Again

Richard A. Murphy U14663 at UICVM.UIC.EDU
Tue Jul 27 02:44:03 EST 1999


I think a critical aspect of a biofilm is not only the structural one 
but also that there is a change in phenotype, that is, the cells 
do something differently because of the environment created by the 
other cells in the film. The term 'quorum sensing' is used to 
describe this.
Should the presense of quorum sensing be part of the definition of 
a biofilm or is the adherence to a set of structural qualifications 
sufficient? 
Dick Murphy

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