Scientific American reported yesterday on research by Ryan Summers, a doctoral researcher in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Iowa, that demonstrates how Pseudomonas putida CBB5 can survive on a diet consisting solely of caffeine. The findings will be presented May 24 at the 111th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans.
Reading this study has made me wonder whether I am a Pseudomonas as well. However, logical reasoning dictates that I am indeed not a Pseudomonas. While the bacteria may be able to survive on a diet of caffeine alone, I cannot survive without caffeine in my diet. Trust me. No caffeine makes me feel like this:
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