26 September 2012
Vol 4, Issue 153

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ONLINE COVER The Race for the Surface. Biomaterial-associated infections are commonplace among medical implants, often leading to additional patient morbidity. Bacterial biofilms can form on implant surfaces, as shown here on stainless steel, and are notoriously resistant to antimicrobial drugs. In a Review, Busscher et al. discuss the challenges associated with designing multifunctional biomaterial implants that both prevent bacterial colonization and simultaneously integrate with host tissue; in other words, materials that help the host—and not the microbes—"win" the race for the surface. See a related Research Article by Smith et al. [CREDIT: D. KUNKEL MICROSCOPY INC.]