Tuesday 20 March 2018

'Cool as Hell' parasite named after Barack Obama

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.

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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