Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 05/25/2011

Bacteria survives on caffeine (like me)

A specialist checks the quality of finished coffee at the Nespresso production and distribution centre. (Denis Balibouse/Reuters)
Caffeine addicts of the world, welcome your newest brethren: the Pseudomonas putida CBB5. The bacteria, which I’m guessing is a slightly strung out variety, subsists on caffeine, breaking it down into carbon dioxide and ammonia.

The discovery comes via the University of Iowa where researchers found the bacteria in a flower bed, Scientific America reports. The discovery could lead to new medications to boost blood flow and treat asthma.

While Scientific America hails this discovery as a first — coffee drinkers will say it’s a fact they’ve known for years. My triple shot latte is the only thing keeping me alive some days.

(Thanks, RD!)

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