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Baracktrema obamai

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by OldDude49, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. OldDude49

    OldDude49 Just n old guy

    OK is this for real?

    Newly Discovered Flatworm Is Named After Obama
    Introducing Baracktrema obamai

    By Kate Baggaley 8 hours ago

    Roberts et al. (2016)

    The blood fluke Baracktrema obamai, which represents both a new genus and species of parasitic flatworm.

    A new species of blood fluke was found infecting the lungs of turtles in Malaysia. This parasitic flatworm has been dubbed Baracktrema obamai, in honor of the President of the United States (who is the fifth cousin twice removed of one of the discovering scientists).

    B. obamai is described in the August issue of the Journal of Parasitology as having a long, thread-like body. So far, it’s shown up in two freshwater turtles, the black marsh turtle (Siebenrockiella crassicollis) and southeast Asian box turtle (Cuora amboinensis).

    The scientists found clusters of tens to hundreds of fluke eggs in the turtles’ lung alveoli, the tiny sacs where blood receives oxygen and gets rid of carbon dioxide. How these eggs get outside to hatch and infect new hosts isn’t clear, although making the turtles cough is probably involved.

    Newly Discovered Flatworm Is Named After Obama
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  2. techsar

    techsar Monkey++

    ...just another parasite by the same name...
  3. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Yes....it's for real....though I'd prefer to be named for some friendly cutesy, cuddly, critter than a blood fluke. Still...having a species or a celestial object named after oneself is a distinction that is relatively uncommon.
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  4. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter

    Appropriate name for a blood sucking parasite...
  5. duane

    duane Monkey++

    Hitlery is going to have a temper tantrum, I am an even bigger blood sucking parasite than Obummer, as well as a woman and I demand I have my own worm, apologizes to Bill not needed.
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  6. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Priceless, true or not.
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  7. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    Of all that he will be remembered for, this is most fitting! They should have a special jar of these right inside the Library doors he gets when he is done being the worthless leader he is!
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  8. SB21

    SB21 Monkey

    Maybe this has something to do with Hitlery's coughing fits .
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  9. Aeason

    Aeason Monkey

    Worm named after a worm.
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