Coffee Can Break Your DNA!

Recent studies have found that habitual coffee drinking actually affects our DNA. But how exactly? Well, it's complicated.

Coffee is among the most popular beverages on the planet and it's brewed up pretty much everywhere. But oddly, science doesn't know a whole lot about how the substance affects the human body - and what we do know is frankly confusing.

New genetics research indicates that drinking coffee will almost certainly mess with your DNA. Caffeine tends to bind to broken chromosomes and, if present during the formation of new DNA, can cause breaks itself. But broken DNA isn't necessarily bad - in fact, pretty much everything we consume alters our DNA. In any case, coffee has proven beneficial effects as well. So should you feel good about your morning cup of ambition? Trace Dominguez sorts through the science in today's DNews report.

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Nature: Non-additive genome-wide association scan reveals a new gene associated with habitual coffee consumption

ScienceAlert: Your coffee habit could be encoded in your DNA

Scientific American: How does caffeine affect the body?