Researchers Name Parasitic Flatworm After Barack Obama


The magazine Popular Science reported on Thursday that scientists at Auburn University havenamed a newly identified parasitic flatworm after President Barack Obama.

The parasite’s official name is Baracktrema obamai.  The genus species is a blood fluke found in the lungs of turtles in Malaysia.  B. obamai is said to have a “long, thread-like body,” and to have shown up so far in two varieties of freshwater turtles.

According to the article:

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.

The inventive among us will no doubt find a way to relate the “coughing turtles” concept to the 2016 presidential campaign.

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