Pathomap: a big task regarding small things: a microbial map of New York City

Just found out about this really cool project: Pathomap | Mapping New York’s Unseen Residents. From the project page

“Pathomap is a research project by Weill Cornell Medical College to study the microbiotic population and genetic dynamics in urban areas in order to detect and respond to escalated microbial dangers.”

Basically, Chris Mason, along with collaborators, is starting to create a microbial map of New York City.  Clearly this could have many potential uses – right now they seem to be focused on pathogen detection but lots more could come from this.  Definitely one to watch out for.  As New York City is, well, a pretty heavily built environment, building a microbial map of the city could be one of the ultimate “microbiology of the built environment” projects.

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Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.