But make no mistake, there's plenty of other bacteria hitching a ride on the trains, according to the study, which has not been entirely retracted. The scientists collected over 1,400 samples from 466 stations across the system, identifying over 15,000 life-forms. However, half of the DNA collected didn't match known organisms. Some of them were likely B&Ters from Jersey. The rest were probably from Staten Island.
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