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Bacteria species lives off caffeine


Posted on Saturday, 28 May, 2011 | Comment icon 10 comments | News tip by: Persia


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Scientists have discovered a new species of bacteria that actually depends on caffeine for survival.

Known as Pseudomonas putida the microbe uses enzymes to break down the caffeine in to carbon dioxide and ammonia. It is hoped the discovery could assist in the development of new treatments for a number of different diseases.

"A newly described species of bacteria has joined the ranks of those of us who depend on caffeine for survival."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by DelCarbon on 28 May, 2011, 12:51
Also known as, ''Americans''.
Comment icon #2 Posted by 27vet on 28 May, 2011, 14:14
Starbuckites?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Emin on 28 May, 2011, 20:39
this is why coffee goes bad if not refrigerated
Comment icon #4 Posted by ShadowSot on 28 May, 2011, 20:51
Not! It steals our precious! Hey! I... we... nevermind...
Comment icon #5 Posted by xXHellkittiesXx on 28 May, 2011, 21:31
I'm a bacteria that lives off of caffeine.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Taut on 30 May, 2011, 1:03
You took the words right out of my mouth!! LMAO! I was gonna say humans.
Comment icon #7 Posted by SilverOctavia on 9 June, 2011, 15:47
Coffee goes bad if not refrigerated? Really?
Comment icon #8 Posted by crystal sage on 10 June, 2011, 0:03
I wonder if it is that bacteria in our system that causes caffeine cravings??? Or the caffeine withdrawal headache...? Do gardeners have greater caffeine cravings...??? Bacteria ‘drunk on coffee’ could pave way for universal disease cures! http://www.indianexpress.com/news/bacteria-drunk-on-coffee-could-pave-way-for-universal-disease-cures/800936/
Comment icon #9 Posted by crystal sage on 10 June, 2011, 0:38
Interesting too that this bacteria seems to be drug resistant... as shown in some research of peritonitus... and tonsilitus http://www.waset.org/journals/ijabs/v1/v1-1-4.pdf So using it to create new drugs....could it cause more problems...? I wonder how they found out it's interaction with coffee? Did someone spill a cup of coffee over some research on some P Putida sample? Found that it caused the bacteria to be more supercharged with it's caffeine hit? It seems that many yeast infections are said to be aggravated by caffeine... a fungal stimulant???


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