New Jersey needs an Official State Microbe to honor New Jersey scientists and the world-changing contributions of microscopic life from New Jersey. The Official State Microbe should be Streptomyces griseus for many reasons.
New Jersey currently has no Official State Microbe, and it should. New Jersey is home to Streptomyces griseus, the organism that gave the world streptomycin:
• The first antibiotic discovered on American soil
• The first effective antibiotic for tuberculosis
• The first clinically important antibiotic discovered after penicillin
• The first use of the word “antibiotic”