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Scientists name bacterium for Frank Zappa

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
February 19, 2014

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