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New Jersey State Shell

New Jersey State Shell

New Jersey’s state shell is the knobbed whelk. The Garden State is also one of a handful of states that recognize an official microbe. New Jerseyans chose Streptomyces griseus, which was discovered in the state in 1916. In 1943, researchers from Rutgers University used the microbe to create the antibiotic streptomycin, the first antibiotic for tuberculosis.

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