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Offline Morgenstern, Markus

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How do bacteria stick to skin?
« on: 17/09/2011 09:30:02 »
Morgenstern, Markus  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hello Chris,

My daughter Pauline (she is 5) asked me today about how are bacteria able to stick to human skin?

By the way newbielink:http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/podcasts/ [nonactive] very much!

Thanks!

Markus

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How do bacteria stick to skin?
« Reply #1 on: 18/10/2011 19:58:47 »
As objects decrease in size, the force necessary to adhere to something becomes very low. A drop of water for example will adhere to a surface through electrostatic adhesion alone. Bacteria really don't need to do much other than attract the moisture on our skin in the first place.
 

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