This fungus among us — baker's yeast, aka Saccharomyces cerevisiae — is useful for more than just making bread. iStockphoto hide caption

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You And Yeast Have More In Common Than You Might Think

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Allagash Brewing microbiologist and head of quality control Zach Bodah's favorite microscope picture of Brettanomyces (taken in house). The culture comes from Confluence Ale and is a blend of the Allagash house yeast and Brett yeast. Courtesy of Zach Bodah/Allagash hide caption

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Kombucha made by artisan tea brewer Bill Bond in Akron, Ohio, comes in an array of flavors, such as lemongrass, ginger, blueberry and watermelon. Peggy Turbett/The Plain Dealer /Landov hide caption

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Kombucha: Magical Health Elixir Or Just Funky Tea?

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You'll be seeing more of this white foamy stuff on top of the beers of the future, thanks to a recent genetic discovery. Enrico Boscariol/iStockphoto hide caption

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