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| Earth | Human World on Feb 19, 2014

Scientists name bacterium for Frank Zappa

A form of P. acnes – the bacterium responsible for human acne – reminded these scientists of a Zappa song lyric.

In a tribute to eclectic composer Frank Zappa, scientists have named a bacterium for him. They were reminded of Zappa’s lyric about “sand-blasted zits” in his famous satirical song Jewish Princess when they named a form of P. acnes – the bacterium responsible for human acne – P. acnes type Zappae.

Scientists Andrea Campisano and Omar Rota-Stabelli said in a press release:

This bacteria is so unconventional in its behavior, and its new habitat is so unexpected that we thought of Frank Zappa. Indeed, at the time we were discovering it, we were both playing a Zappa album in our cars.

Thus history is made.

Read more about Frank Zappa’s new bacterium from EurekAlert

The legendary Frank Zappa, now with his own bacterium

The legendary Frank Zappa, now with his own bacterium

Frank Zappa. He was a superb guitar player.

IMHO, Frank Zappa was genius on the guitar.

P. acnes

P. acnes