In the media, it's not uncommon to see the words "bacteria" and "virus" used interchangeably. However, they are far from the same thing. In response to a recent Post article that made this microbiological faux pas, we feel the need to clarify and explain the differences.
Attention has recently focused on a study of the genetic fingerprint, or DNA, of microorganisms found on and in NYC subways. Some genetic evidence of bacteria linked to bubonic plague and anthrax was found. Should New Yorkers (or anyone) be concerned about this? No.