A state microbe? – Legislation up for vote today could make that a reality

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A legislation to make the Streptomyces griseus the official state microbe is up for final vote today in the New Jersey legislature.

Eight assembly men and women are co-sponsoring the bill.

Streptomyces griseus was first discovered in New Jersey in the early 1900s.

The microbe helped to create the world's first antibiotic for tuberculosis.

A team of Rutgers scientists helped develop it, called "streptomycin."

New Jersey would become only the second state in the country with an official microbe.

Oregon's state microbe is yeast -- a nod to the state's craft brewing industry.

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