Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City have published the results of a project in which they mapped the pathogens present in the city's subway system.
Weill Cornell officials say the study, published in Cell Systems, demonstrates that it is possible and useful to develop a "pathogen map" dubbed a "PathoMap" of a city, with the heavily traveled subway a proxy for New York's population. It is a baseline assessment, and repeated sampling could be used for long-term, accurate disease surveillance, bioterrorism threat mitigation, and large scale health management for New York, according to the study's senior investigator, Christopher E. Mason.
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