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 New York Times reports that as China invests in science, it also is dealing with research fraud.

In PLOS this week: transcriptome study of a cold-tolerant plant, deep sequencing of clinical influenza A samples, and more.

The Atlantic writes that retrotransposons like BovB have proliferated in a number of genomes.

Researchers have sequenced the genome of a man who lived in China some 40,000 years ago, according to UPI.