Reuters/Eric Thayer

Scrutinized trashcans and handrails of New York’s subway infrastructure reveal that the system houses potential threats to health, such as yet-unstudied microorganisms, accompanied by more common bacteria leading to meningitis or food poisoning.

The majority of the microbes inhabiting the New York City subway system are harmless, but in several parts of the city samples of disease-causing bacteria can be found, estimated at 12 percent. These include drug-resistant species, or even DNA fragments of anthrax and Bubonic plague, both, however, at very low levels and likely not alive.

What’s more, nearly half (48 percent) of the sequences of DNA that had been collected couldn’t be identified by the National Center for Biotechnology Information or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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