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One state microbe chosen, 49 to go

The New York Times reports that Wisconsin has just appointed the cheese-making bacterium Lactococcus lactis as its official state microbe. It's the first state to do so, which got us thinking: what should the other states' microbes be?

Based on its popularity there, California should surely elevate the botox bacterium Clostridium botulinum to the level of state microbe.

And the retired communities of Florida would appreciate the 250-million-year-old Lazarus bacterium, Bacillus permians, as their pet bug.
 
 

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