MetaSUB: Creating Molecular Portraits of Cities Around the World
Two years ago, we created the first surface-based, city-scale, microbiome and metagenome study for New York City. However, our profile of the NYC subway system was just the beginning of discovering the richness of the metagenome and microbiome of the built environmnent (MoBE) , subways, and urban biomes (SUB). Indeed, when looking at annual ridership NYC only ranks 7th on the list (link to MTA chart) of the world’s busiest subways. The Metagenomics and Metadesign of Subways and Urban Biomes (MetaSUB) International Consortium is dedicated to mapping the urban genome of over 67 cities worldwide.