Scientists Name Parasite After Barack Obama


Barack Obama has officially been declared a parasite according to the Journal of Parasitology.

The august journal has announced the discovery of the Baracktrema obamai – a parasite which infects black marsh and southeast box turtles in Malaysia.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the parasite was discovered by Thomas Platt, who has spent decades studying turtle viruses.

He decided to bestow the president’s name on the parasite after discovering he was in fact a distant relation – fifth cousin twice removed to be precise.

It appears their common relative was George Frederick Toot, who lived in Middletown, Pa., from 1759 to 1815.

Naming Mr Obama after a turtle parasite was intended as an honour rather than an insult, Mr Platt insisted.

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SOURCE: The Telegraph, David Millward