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Chapter 6 : Biofilms: When Bacteria Gather Together

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One of the main differences between prokaryotes and eukaryotes, besides the fact that prokaryotes (bacteria and archaea) do not possess a nucleus, is that prokaryotes produce two identical, unicellular daughter cells when they divide. In contrast, eukaryotes (animals and plants) give birth to highly complex, multicellular organisms with differentiated tissues and organs; the cells split but do not necessarily generate identical cells. Each cell of a higher organism contains the same DNA, but not all genes are expressed in all cells. During development, the cells of higher organisms specialize to form tissues and organs.

Citation: Cossart P. 2018. Biofilms: When Bacteria Gather Together, p 39-43. In The New Microbiology: From Microbiomes to CRISPR. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670117.ch6
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(Top) Schematic representation of the formation of a biofilm and return to a planktonic life. (Bottom) A biofilm image taken with an electron microscope.

Citation: Cossart P. 2018. Biofilms: When Bacteria Gather Together, p 39-43. In The New Microbiology: From Microbiomes to CRISPR. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670117.ch6
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