In February, you may recall, a much-hyped study examined bacteria found
across the New York City subway system. The study found that many of the
species were previously unknown to science (which is cool, but not
surprising) and that some of them were potentially dangerous: microbes
associated with the bubonic plague and anthrax, for example.
After push back from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the researchers have
added a correction to their study. Their data collection was just fine — so
they’re not retracting their study — but they admit that their
interpretations may have been a bit speculative in nature, and that the
media’s interpretation of those interpretations got a little out of control.