MRSA is from Washington Heights

The majority of community acquired (i.e., not caught in a hospital) cases of antibiotic-resistant staph can be linked to a single strain of the bacteria. And, now, scientists have pinpointed where that strain first evolved. It's from northern Manhattan.

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  1. Remember how in "World War Z," people kept yelling "If we find out where it originated, we can make a vaccine!"

    I hope nobody took that seriously.

  2. micah says:

    Where does it say it's from Morningside Heights or the Upper West Side?

    The article says it's "right in Columbia’s neighborhood: northern Manhattan," but presumably they're talking about Columbia University Medical Center in Washington Heights (which is truly northern Manhattan) and not the main Columbia U. campus in Morningside Heights 50 blocks south.

    I think that fulfills my daily quota of pedantry.

  3. Sorry, that's my fault. Will fix.

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