Scummy surface layers known as biofilms can coat everything from teeth to pacemakers. In addition to the yuck factor, these slimy fortresses offer a menacing safe haven for deadly bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus. Michelle Pflumm reports on new vaccines that aim to prevent microbes from building biofilms in the first place.
In December, Jeremy Berg announced plans to step down from the helm of the US National Institute of General and Medical Sciences (NIGMS), the $2 billion branch of the National Institutes of Health charged with funding basic research related to diverse biological processes and diseases. Ahead of his departure, Michelle Pflumm spoke to Berg about his contributions at NIGMS and his plans moving forward.