New Jersey contemplates an official state microbe

Five years after Oregon designated Saccharomyces cerevisia (AKA brewer's yeast) as its official state microbe, the New Jersey senate has unanimously passed S1729, which names Streptomyces griseus (which produces a powerful antibiotic and was discovered at Rutgers) to high state honor — now the microbe bill goes to the state assembly and thence to the governor. (Image: Docwarhol, CC-BY-SA)