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Barack Obama is officially now a parasite (it's an honor)

7 years 3 weeks 2 days ago Thursday, September 08 2016 Sep 8, 2016 September 08, 2016 2:21 PM September 08, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: ApNewsNow

WASHINGTON - It's no Nobel Peace Prize, but Barack Obama has a new honor to brag about. Scientists have named a parasite after him - and there's no worming out of it.

Meet Baracktrema obamai, a tiny parasitic flatworm that lives in turtles' blood. A new study officially names the two-inch long creature after Obama.

Thomas Platt, the retired biology professor at Saint Mary's College in Indiana who chose the name, says it's an honor, not an insult. Really.

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

Parasites get a bad rap. This one, Platt says, reminds him of the president: "It's long. It's thin. And it's cool as hell."

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