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Microbes in the City: Mapping the Urban Genome | The New York Academy of Sciences

Microbes in the City: Mapping the Urban Genome | The New York Academy of Sciences

Microbes in the City: Mapping the Urban Genome

Friday, June 19, 2015 | 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

The New York Academy of Sciences
Presented by New York University and the New York Academy of Sciences
Microbes run the world. The human body and our environment are inhabited by trillions of bacteria and other microbes that carry out the majority of the biochemical activity on the planet. From birth, all of our interactions with the world expose us to different sources of microbes, and, conversely, expose microbes to us. As humans settle into built environments within urban settings, microorganisms both within and around us are changing accordingly. Yet we still understand very little about the complex, interdependent microbial ecosystems found in the built environment. By virtue of recent technological breakthroughs in sensing, sampling, and genetic sequencing of the microbes in our midst, we can quantify and map microbial transmission between humans, urban pests such as cockroaches and pigeons, and the air and surfaces of urban habitats — from kiosks and subways, to soil and sewage.
This conference will bring together scientists, engineers, architects, public health workers, ethicists, and policy makers at the forefront of efforts to map all of the genetic information that makes up the urban genome. This information—a living microbial fingerprint known as a metagenome—is intended to be used to create built environments that consider microbial ecology. The goal is to improve the health and productivity of these environments such that we may be able to design healthier homes and workplaces, identify potential health threats, track and fight disease epidemics, and even chart the environmental impact of major storms.

Call for Poster Abstracts

The deadline for poster abstract submission is Friday, May 8, 2015. Select abstracts will be chosen for Oral Poster Presentations. For complete abstract submission instructions, please send an email with "Abstract Information" in the subject line. There is no need to type a message; instructions will be forwarded automatically. Please call 212.298.8620 with any questions.

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