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Researchers at Columbia University say their chip lets them electrochemically image biofilms to "listen to the bacteria as they talk to each other."
Working with the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Big Blue has come up with a "hydrogel" that can beat back the bacteria that cause many deadly infections.
In order to follow the life cycle of bacteria, an engineer builds a model human colon and feeds it three times a day for weeks.
Bacteriophages aren't as popular as antibiotics--but that could change, thanks to researchers.
A study out of the University of Colorado shows that biofilms clinging to the innards of bathroom showerheads can harbor up to 100 times the levels of pathogens found in city water.