New Jersey is close to becoming the second state with an official microbe after the state Senate voted to give Streptomyces griseus the title. We already have a state dinosaur, state ship, and state dance so why not a state microbe?
The bill was introduced in February and is sponsored by Senator Samuel Thompson. Before it becomes official it must be passed by the Assembly and signed by the governor.
Discovered in the 1900's, Streptomyces griseus was used to create the first tuberculosis antibiotic in 1943.
In 2013, Oregon became the first state to approve an official state microbe, designating Saccharomyces cerevisiae which is commonly known as baker's yeast.
Read the NJ.com story here.