Date: 02/04/2015

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: American Museum of Natural History (CPW at 79th St., Manhattan)

Price: Free, RSVP here

Geneticists such as Chris Mason, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Biophysics at Weill Cornell University, are combing the New York City subway system to swab surfaces, collect specimens, and create a map of the urban microbiome and DNA in the world that surrounds us. The approach involves rapid, continual sampling and analysis of microbiomes in public places to detect changes that could signal a microbial threat due to bioterrorism or emergent disease. The project could serve as a model for detection, rapid-response, and containment of bioterrorism and other microbial dangers and may eventually give real-time, city-wide diagnostics for medical laboratories.

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