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Hofstra Scholar Studies NYC Rats and Public Health

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Scienmag.com and other publications are covering research by Michael Parsons, a researcher based in the Department of Biology, who is lead author on a study that has been tracking the daily activity of rats in New York City. The rats are tagged with RFID (Radio-Frequency IDentification) microchips so that data can be collected on their behavior and their potential for transmitting disease.

News@Hofstra first covered this research by Parsons and Hofstra Biology Professor Ron Sarno in January. “Wild rats are among the least understood animals in urban environments,” Dr. Sarno said. “Yet as predators of native species, agents of food spoilage and infrastructure damage and disease reservoirs for humans, they are among the most important in the urban environment.”

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