Potentially harmful germs dwell inside the guts of urban mice, according to a team of scientists who trapped more than 400 of the rodents around New York City. The researchers, conducting the largest survey of microorganisms living in city mice, also identified several genes that give germs resistance to antibiotic drugs.
“This doesn’t tell us that these mice are directly responsible for infecting humans,” said W. Ian Lipkin, director of Columbia University’s Center for Infection and Immunity. “But they have the potential to do so.”
Lipkin is an author of a new report, published Tuesday in the journal mBio, that describes the …read more
Source: Bangor Daily News