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Upcoming workshop: The 10th edition of the workshop is planned to to occur in the second semester of 2017. The proper date will be posted soon. For registration or information, click here.

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Most bacterial species are now acknowledged to live in complex structures called biofilms. Biofilm communities present serious problems in infectious diseases, such as bacterial vaginosis, cystic fibrosis, dental plate and infections associated with indwelling medical devices. Planktonic free-floating bacteria express different phenotypes as compared with bacteria inside the biofilm communities.  Studying  these differences is of the utmost importance in order to better understand why bacteria in biofilms are normally more pathogenic than planktonic bacteria.  Analysing the genetic expression of such bacterial communities provides some challenges mainly due to the presence of extracellular polymeric substances surrounding the bacteria, what is called the biofilm matrix. In this intensive practical workshop the participants will be able to learn how to work with complex samples and how to quantify the genetic expression of genes of interest.

This workshop is funded by was funded by by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) under the scope of the strategic funding of UID/BIO/04469/2013 unit.

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