Friday, October 26, 2012

New Fern Species Named After Lady Gaga

Botanists at Duke University have honored Lady Gaga by naming a new genus of ferns -consisting of an impressive 19 species - after the eclectic pop superstar.

What gave Duke the idea to do this?

"We wanted to name this genus after Lady Gaga because of her fervent defense of equality and individual expression," said Kathleen Pryer, Duke Professor of Biology.

"And as we started to consider it, the ferns themselves gave us more reasons why." At one stage of its life, the new genus Gaga has "somewhat fluid definitions of gender."

Maybe those Lady Gaga hermaphrodite theorists are onto something! Also, the ferns bear a distinct DNA sequence that spells out GAGA.

Names of the new ferns include Gaga germanotta - a nod to the artist's real name, Stefani Germanotta - and Gaga monstraparva, which translates to "monster little." Little Monsters. So good.

The Gaga genus of ferns can be found in Central and South America, Mexico, Arizona and Texas. Keep your eye out for the wild
Gaga in her natural habitat!

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