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If you think you can't live without caffeine, take a look at the newly-described bacteria, Pseudomonas putida CBB5, says Katherine Harmon at the Scientific American Observations blog. These organisms feed on pure caffeine, University of Iowa researchers say, by using specialized enzymes to break it up into carbon dioxide and ammonia.

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.