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The first caffeine-'addicted' bacteria

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 12:06 PM

Some people may joke about living on caffeine, but scientists now have genetically engineered E. coli bacteria to do that—literally. Their report in the journal ACS Synthetic Biology describes bacteria being "addicted" to caffeine in a way that promises practical uses ranging from decontamination of wastewater to bioproduction of medications for asthma.

http://phys.org/news...d-bacteria.html

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 12:35 PM

That is pretty good progress.  Create bacteria that specialize it consuming our waste products, then you can simply heat the material(in the case of water treatment boil it) until all the bacteria is dead.


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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:10 PM

What if the bacteria escapes on goes on a coffee drinking rampage.


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Posted 28 March 2013 - 04:15 PM

There would be riots in America if our supply of caffeinated soda and coffee was disrupted.





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