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[The Verge] Scientists develop bacteria that needs caffeine to survive and reproduce

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The bacteria itself is a modification of a naturally occuring bacteria that eats caffeine and was discovered in 2011 by University of Iowa researchers. The thought was to use the bacteria as a tool to help clean up the caffeine pollution that has been on the rise in recent years, but the original bacteria wasn't as reliable a cleaner as originally hoped. However, the modifications made have stirred hopes that it'll be a useful environmental clean-up tool. It's not clear yet when the bacteria will start being used, but Quartz says the team is in the process of filing patents for its breakthrough.

MOAR CAFFEINE! tongue.gif
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Hey look, they just designed bacterial form of me.
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Just like me
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was just about to say...lol
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LOL!

Don't let the major coffee producers get their hands on this. Could you image an "accidental" release into the drinking water system, now all affected humans will NEED certain doses of caffeine to stay alive?

Yes, I know it's far fetched, but my tin foil hat needed some exercise. (and a good laugh)
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caffeine pollution? confused.gif
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caffeine pollution? confused.gif

A pollution problem for Oceans.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/07/120730-caffeinated-seas-pacific-northwest-caffeine-coffee-science/
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I just don't see why anyone would complain. The caffeinated oceans will just make fish more productive!
 
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LOL!

Don't let the major coffee producers get their hands on this. Could you image an "accidental" release into the drinking water system, now all affected humans will NEED certain doses of caffeine to stay alive?

Yes, I know it's far fetched, but my tin foil hat needed some exercise. (and a good laugh)

Why would a release of this cause humans to need caffeine to stay alive? Even if somehow the bacteria got inside a person it would still be the bacteria that needs the caffeine to survive, not the person.
    
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LOL!

Don't let the major coffee producers get their hands on this. Could you image an "accidental" release into the drinking water system, now all affected humans will NEED certain doses of caffeine to stay alive?

Yes, I know it's far fetched, but my tin foil hat needed some exercise. (and a good laugh)

Why would a release of this cause humans to need caffeine to stay alive? Even if somehow the bacteria got inside a person it would still be the bacteria that needs the caffeine to survive, not the person.

in case you did not know, you NEED some bacteria to survive
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