Caffeine-addled E. coli clean

Investor's Business Daily
March 2013
Investors Business Daily;3/28/2013, pA02
The caffeine that laces our coffee, sodas and even some medications is seeping into and polluting waterways. A common bacteria found in soil can live off and break down the chemical. Researchers at Univ. of Texas at Austin transferred that ability to the workhorse bacteria E. coli, which is easier to handle and grow. Those caffeine-addicted bacterium could be used for large-scale remediation, researchers say. The team also see uses in sensors to measure caffeine levels in beverages, in recovery of nutrient-rich byproducts of coffee processing, and in bioproduction of medicines.


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