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Bacteria species lives off caffeine
By T.K. Randall
May 28, 2011 · 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
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