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Newly discovered flatworm named ‘Baracktrema obamai’ in ‘honour’ of US president

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WASHINGTON: Scientists have named a newly discovered blood fluke after US President Barrack Obama in a bid to honour him.

The new genus of parasitic flatworms which resides in Malaysian freshwater turtles will be known as “Baracktrema obamai” according to the Journal of Parasitology.

Thomas R. Platt, who discovered the flatworm, told the Philadelphia Inquirer the name was not meant to poke fun at or insult President Obama.

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“This is something I take very seriously, and I am doing this with the utmost of respect,” he said.

While he admitted he likely would have avoided naming the flatworm after Obama if he were up for reelection, Platt said the decision came for his deep admiration of the creatures.

US President Barack Obama, speaking of receiving injections, frowns while addressing the American Nurses Association House of Delegates June 16, 2010 at a hotel in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

“I respect them. I love them dearly. I think they are fantastic,” he said.

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