Viruses invade the Tech Review 35

By Carl Zimmer | August 27, 2010 4:11 pm

I’ve contributed my first article to Technology Review–a short profile of Tim Lu of MIT, one of TR’s 35 innovators under 35. Lu is engineering viruses to attack biofilms–not just the ones that make us sick, but the ones that gum up factories and HVAC systems. Elegant and practical at the same time. Congratulations to all the winners!

Comments (3)

  1. Stew

    This is fascinating. Carl, do you know–are there examples of non-pathogenic biofilms produced by bacteria of the healthy human-microbial superorganism?

  2. Stew–you’re covered in non-pathogenic biofilms, on your skin, in your mouth, in your gut, etc. They act as a barrier for the nasty germs.

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A blog about life, past and future. Written by DISCOVER contributing editor and columnist Carl Zimmer.

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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.

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