Nanoporous Xerogels “Sniff Out” Bad Bacteria

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XerogelBacteria were among the first life forms to appear on the face of the Earth and have the uncanny ability to overcome even the harshest of environments, from acidic hot springs to the ice-fields of the poles and deep portions of the Earth’s crust. They are so abundant, that they make up the majority of the total biomass on earth. Astonishingly, nearly 90% of the cells that move around with humans are actually bacteria [1], though since they are so much smaller than human cells, they make up only about 10 percent of our body-weight. Continue reading