Cornell Researchers Map the Bacteria in the New York City Subway

Over the past few years, Dr. Christopher Mason and his team of researchers from Cornell University have been identifying bacteria in the New York City subway system in order to eventually map the bacteria found there to each station. Some of the preliminary results are pretty shocking:

There's a hint of Bubonic plague uptown, meningitis in Midtown, and staff infections through out the boroughs... but most are benign. Everywhere you look, there also are the bacteria that keep New York City livable by sopping up hazardous chemicals and naturally metabolizing our toxic waste.

Aside from rare diseases and good bacteria, there was an extraordinarily high volume of

[...] pizza. Microbes associated with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni sausage and other ingredients turn up in abundance in almost every subway stop.

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