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Biofilm Building: A Simple Board Game to Reinforce Knowledge of Biofilm Formation

    Authors: Kelsey McOwat1, Nicola R. Stanley-Wall1,*
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    Affiliations: 1: Division of Molecular Microbiology, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 5EH, UK
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    • Received 18 May 2017 Accepted 31 January 2018 Published 27 April 2018
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    • *Corresponding author. Mailing address: Division of Molecular Microbiology, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 5EH UK. Phone: +44(0)1382 385136. Fax: +44(0)1382 388216. E-mail: [email protected]
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. April 2018 vol. 19 no. 1 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v19i1.1355
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    Abstract:

    The increasing risk of antibiotic resistance and correlating decrease in effective clinical treatments is a serious issue worldwide. One source antibiotic tolerance derives from biofilm infections: collectives of bacteria surrounded by an extracellular matrix that adhere to surfaces. Here we outline a board game designed to raise awareness and knowledge of biofilms in young learners.

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Abstract:

The increasing risk of antibiotic resistance and correlating decrease in effective clinical treatments is a serious issue worldwide. One source antibiotic tolerance derives from biofilm infections: collectives of bacteria surrounded by an extracellular matrix that adhere to surfaces. Here we outline a board game designed to raise awareness and knowledge of biofilms in young learners.

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The biofilm board game and associated game cards.

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. April 2018 vol. 19 no. 1 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v19i1.1355
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