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(PIX11) — Rats are on the run in New York City.

Last year, the MTA partnered with a team of scientists to study rat sterilization underground. Now they are back.

NYC Transit granted access to subway trash rooms and allowed a field study to be performed by SenesTech, with support from the National Institute of Health.

This summer, the will perform additional tests. SenesTech scientists performed the research work, including population studies, baiting and follow-up assessments of the ingestion and effectiveness of the substance known as  ContraPest.

The MTA has also expanded the program that removes garbage cans from train stations.

At the initial stations, the agency reports a 66 percent reduction in the number of bags collected.

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