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Bacteria species lives off caffeine

By T.K. Randall
May 28, 2011 · Comment icon 9 comments

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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. The little microbe, Pseudomonas putida, uses specialized enzymes to break the precious compound into carbon dioxide and ammonia, scientists say.

Source: Popular Science | Comments (9)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by DelCarbon 13 years ago
Also known as, ''Americans''.
Comment icon #2 Posted by 27vet 13 years ago
Comment icon #3 Posted by Emin 13 years ago
this is why coffee goes bad if not refrigerated
Comment icon #4 Posted by ShadowSot 13 years ago
Not! It steals our precious! Also known as, ''Americans''. Hey! I... we... nevermind...
Comment icon #5 Posted by xXHellkittiesXx 13 years ago
I'm a bacteria that lives off of caffeine.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Taut 13 years ago
Also known as, ''Americans''. You took the words right out of my mouth!! LMAO! I was gonna say humans.
Comment icon #7 Posted by SilverOctavia 13 years ago
Coffee goes bad if not refrigerated? Really?
Comment icon #8 Posted by crystal sage 13 years ago
I wonder if it is that bacteria in our system that causes caffeine cravings??? Or the caffeine withdrawal headache...? Researchers found P. putida living in a flower bed at the University of Iowa. Do gardeners have greater caffeine cravings...??? Bacteria ‘drunk on coffee’ could pave way for universal disease cures! Scientists at University of Iowa have identified four different bacteria that can survive by consuming caffeine, one of them being Pseudomonas putida CBB5. The scientis... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by crystal sage 13 years ago
Interesting too that this bacteria seems to be drug resistant... as shown in some research of peritonitus... and tonsilitus Peritonitis due to Pseudomonas putida in a Patient Receiving Automated The aim of the study is to identify the molecular mechanism of the multidrug resistant P. putida among the isolates. total of twenty tensile biopsies were collected from children undergoing tonsillectomy from teaching hospital ENT department and Kurdistan private hospital in sulaimani city. All biopsies were homogenized and cultured; the obtained bacter... [More]

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