New Jersey is close to declaring an official state microbe

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Good news! It’s looking like New Jersey is going to become the second state to declare an official state microbe.

This week, the state voted favorably on making Streptomyces griseus the official microbe of NJ. The final step is for Governor Phil Murphy to sign the bill, according to WNYC.

Discovered here in the Garden State at Rutgers University, Streptomyces griseus led to the first cure for tuberculosis and gives oil its earthy scent. It’s also a featured player in LSC’s stunning new gallery, Microbes Rule!

<i><center>Microbes Rule!</i></center>
Microbes Rule!

<i><center>Streptomyces griseus as featured in Microbes Rule!</i></center>
Streptomyces griseus as featured in Microbes Rule!

There’s still time to sign our change.org petition and show your support for having Streptomyces griseus recognized by the state. If passed, we would be the second state after Oregon to declare an official state microbe.

As a pioneer in scientific and medical innovation, New Jersey deserves this recognition. Let’s celebrate scientific excellence to encourage and inspire the next generation that will cure diseases, solve problems, and change the world.


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