Newly-Discovered Zit-Causing Bacterium Named After Frank Zappa

It’s become rather common for scientists to name newly-discovered species after their favourite artists.  We already have:

There are plenty more to be found here.

The latest person to be so honoured is Frank Zappa.  A new type of bacteria–related to the bug that causes acne in humans–has been discovered infecting vineyards.  It will forever be known as P. acnes type Zappae.

This isn’t the first time Zappa has been immortalized in science.  There’s a spider named after him (Pachygnathazappa), a jellyfish (Phialella zappai), a small mammal species–weasels, of course–from the Micoene era (Vallaris zappai), a mudskipper from New Guinea named simply Zappa and an ancient shellfish called amaurotoma zappa.  There’s also an asteroid flying around out there with his name on it (3834 Zappafrank),

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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