May 7, 2020
A community of microbes arranged in colonies on the human tongue form what scientists refer to as a biofilm. In a paper published recently in Cell Biology, Forsyth Institute researcher Gary Borisy and his colleagues describe these different types of oral bacteria and provide a stunning visual representation of where they congregate.
“Bacteria on the tongue are a lot more than just a random pile. They are more like an organ of our bodies,” says Borisy.