‘PathoMap’ Breaks Down Bacteria, Other Microorganisms At City’s Subway Stations

February 6, 2015 9:11 AM

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — You might think the New York City subway system is not always the cleanest place in the world, but researchers have begun undertaking a mission to find out just what microorganisms are lurking at your local stop.

The PathoMap was developed by a group of geneticists led by physics and biophysics assistant professor Christopher Mason of Weill Cornell Medical College. They have been combing the subway system to swab surfaces and collect specimens, so as to develop a map of what they called an “urban microbiome....

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