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Parasitologist bestows squirmy honor on his distant cousin, President Obama

Parasitologist bestows squirmy honor on his distant cousin, President Obama

How does a scientist honor a president who happens to be a distant relative? By naming a turtle parasite after him.

Baracktrema obamai isn’t just any parasite. It’s so distinctive that it represents not just a new species but an entirely new genus, according to a new report in the Journal of Parasitology. That hasn’t happened with this type of turtle parasite in 21 years, experts say.

B. obamai is a flatworm that infects black marsh turtles and

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