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06.19.15 Liam Mathews

When the federal government first announced its plans to shut down the Plum Island Animal Research off the coast of Long Island and move it hundreds of miles inland to Manhattan…Kansas (Manhattan, Manhattan would be TRULY insane), many people wondered how smart of an idea that was. The Department of Homeland Security-controlled lab is notorious […]

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03.03.15 Prachi Gupta

According to a new study in the Journal of Medical Entomology, New York City’s rats are host to a flea that has been associated with the bubonic plague and the Black Death. Over the course of 10 months, researchers from Cornell and Columbia studied 133 rats from five different areas in the city, and found […]

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02.06.15 Prachi Gupta

A fascinating new study by geneticists at Weill Cornell Medical College has mapped the genetic material found in 466 of New York City’s subway stations. This is the first study ever to offer a comprehensive look at the microbiome of a sprawling metropolis — one that supports 5.5 million commuters a day on average — […]

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10.06.14 Backdoor Pharmacist

A mysterious outbreak of polio-like paralysis has crippled children nationwide and no one knows why. Their suspicion lies in an uncommon virus, as all of the children had the symptoms of Enterovirus 68 (EV-D68) infection. There’s a cluster of ten children in Colorado of ten children, who, after going through a severe viral respiratory illness, […]

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07.10.14 Amy K. Nelson

Joanna Ebenstein is petite, soft-spoken and bookish. She’s also a woman who traffics in death. “I don’t actually think it’s morbid at all to think about death,” she says. “I think it’s really weird not to.” ANIMAL recently visited Ebenstein’s Morbid Anatomy museum, which she founded and curates in Gowanus section of Brooklyn. Ebenstein, 42, […]

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05.30.13 Andy Cush

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Metzitzah B’peh, the controversial Orthodox Jewish practice that involves a rabbi sucking (with his mouth) the blood from an infant boy’s penis after circumcising him. At a Jewish Press-sponsored forum last night, a few of the 2013 mayoral candidates got to sound off on the very […]

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09.13.12 Andy Cush

You probably heard about the other big decision the city Board of Health made today, but may have missed another, less widely-reported one. Remember the controversy surrounding a circumcision practice employed in certain “ultra-Orthodox” Jewish communities in which a Rabbi sucks the blood off of an infant’s newly-circumcised penis? Aside from the more obvious ways […]

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