Mapping the Bacteria in New York’s Subways

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The Wall Street Journal has published an innovative way of exploring the “bacteria from the food [New York City’s commuters] eat, the pets or plants they keep, and their shoes, sneezes and unwashed hands.” The data for the maps is coming from researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College, who used swabs rubbed against the┬ámetal handrails in the subways. The WSJ calls it “the future of public health.”

You can see the map here:

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