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Biofilms consist of communities of microorganisms enmeshed in an extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) matrix and are often attached to a surface. In many cases biofilms associated with the human body can be detrimental. This includes biofilms that form on medical devices and injured tissue. These biofilms are of concern because they have sophisticated survival strategies and are tolerant to antimicrobial agents and clearance by the immune system. This lecture will review similarities and differences between biofilms in various areas of human health and the mechanisms by which these communities persist.