Bacteria with Caffeine and Nicotine
Country: United States
Date: October 2006
Is there any reason to think that caffeine and nicotine
will influence bacterial growth?
Nicotine is a poison and will affect the bacteria.
I doubt that either will increase cell growth, but at high concentrations
just about any chemical will inhibit cell growth. But the only way to know
for sure is to do the experiment!
Ron Baker, Ph.D.
Caffeine and nicotine will probably not influence bacterial growth in
the same way that it alters human behavior. The answer lies in the
differences between a single- and multi-cellular organism and how
behavior is regulated in both organisms.
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