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Bacterial biofilms in hospital water pipes may show pathogenic properties

The human microbiome, a diverse collection of microorganisms living inside us and on our skin, has attracted considerable attention for its role in a broad range of human health issues. Now, researchers are discovering that the built environment also has a microbiome, which includes a community of potentially-pathogenic bacteria living inside water supply pipes.

Bacteria Growth
Image shows the growth of Mycobacterium isolated on a plate of culture medium.
Credit: Credit: Stacey Pfaller, EPA