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Lab Reports
May 4, 2011

Biofilm Block

JAMA. 2011;305(17):1756. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.543

An antioxidative ingredient in plants commonly used in Chinese medicine to treat inflammation prevents biofilm formation on surfaces by Staphylococcus aureus, researchers in Taiwan have found (Lin M-H et al. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2011;55[3]:1021-1027).

S aureus can form biofilms on medical implants, causing serious complications and exhibiting resistance to antibiotics even when the individual bacteria composing the biofilm lack antibiotic resistance genes.