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'Cool as Hell' parasite named after Barack Obama

Published 08/09/2016 | 20:31

U.S. President Barack Obama
U.S. President Barack Obama

It is no Nobel Peace Prize, but US president Barack Obama is the recipient of a new honour after scientists named a parasite after him.

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Baracktrema obamai, a tiny parasitic flatworm that lives in turtles' blood, has been officially named after Mr Obama in a new study.

Thomas Platt, a retired biology professor at Saint Mary's College in Indiana who chose the name, said it is an honour, not an insult.

A distant relative of the president, Mr Platt said people sometimes pay thousands of dollars for the privilege of having a species named after them.

Mr Platt said the creature reminds him of the president because: "It's long. It's thin. And it's cool as hell."

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