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What We Can Learn from the Rats of Manhattan

Thursday, August 14, 2014

By conducting long-term monitoring studies of rats in New York, Dr. Munshi-South is uncovering new findings in the field of urban landscape genetics By conducting long-term monitoring studies of rats in New York, Dr. Munshi-South is uncovering new findings in the field of urban landscape genetics (Shutterstock)

This summer Dr. Jason Munshi-South, associate professor of biology at Fordham University, is trapping rats all across Manhattan to analyze their DNA. By identifying related populations of rats, Dr. Munshi-South and his team hope to better understand how the rodents move around the city. The project, which is collecting rats in all of Manhattan’s 41 zip codes, is called Cityscape Genomics of Rats in New York City.

Read more about some of Dr. Munshi-South’s work here.

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Jason Munshi-South

Comments [5]

Jane Tennison

A bit of empathy for their subjects of study would not hurt Mr. Professor "I'm not even sure if it's legal." You should have at least inquired about this before deciding it was easier to simply discard their lives.

This ultimate maligned species, for reasons that often belong in the realm of myth, is in dire needs of some advocates, so it's sad to hear that this is just another study that won't help anyone but the exterminators.

Aug. 15 2014 11:16 AM
wayne johnson Ph.D. from Bk

Rats are loyal, familial, and vastly misunderstood. So we persecute them and blame them for our dirt and wasteful ways. They have been one of the ultimate animal scapegoats (along with the Wolf) throughout history.

Aug. 14 2014 06:09 PM
tom LI

Rats,all rodents that adapt to the human presence and thrive, are a fascinating animal.

"Rats" by Robert Sullivan is a great read.

Aug. 14 2014 01:37 PM

Rats burrow through the borough.

Aug. 14 2014 01:35 PM
Anonymous from NY

Omigosh! Disgusting.

Aug. 14 2014 01:30 PM

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