No plague in the NY subway after all (new study)

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Travellers on the New York and Boston subway systems might allow themselves a sigh of relief – Yersinia pestis (the causative agent of plague) and Bacillus anthracis (the causative agent of anthrax) might not be living in the subway systems after all. This is the finding of a new investigation published in the journal mSystems™, May/June 2016; volume 1, issue 3. The paper refutes the findings of a previous study (‘Geospatial Resolution of Human and Bacterial Diversity with City-Scale Metagenomics’ in: CellSystems, Volume 1, Issue 1, p72–87, 29 July 2015.) Here’s a commentary :

“[…] in a recent study of the New York subway, due to incorrect taxonomic classifications, the authors reported observing Yersinia pestis (the causative agent of plague) and Bacillus anthracis (the causative agent of anthrax) as part of the ‘normal subway microbiome.’

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