Bubonic Plague Found in NYC Subway

A team of researchers from Weill Cornell have been collecting DNA from the New York City subway system for the past 18 months in an effort to track down and identify the bacteria in the transit system. Over the course of the project, germs that cause bubonic plague were found uptown, meningitis germs were found in midtown, and germs that cause stomach trouble were found in the financial district, along with antibiotic-resistant infections throughout the boroughs. The project is the first genetic profile of a metropolitan transit system; 15,152 types of life-forms were detected, though nearly half the DNA belonged to mostly harmless bacteria.