going Gaga for ferns!

So, the big news in the science world today is that a new genus of 19 ferns discovered in Central America have been named after Lady Gaga!

Reasons for naming the ferns are at least three-fold, according to the report from Duke University:

"We wanted to name this genus for Lady Gaga because of her fervent defense of equality and individual expression," said study leader Kathleen Pryer, a Duke University biology professor and director of the Duke Herbarium. "And as we started to consider it, the ferns themselves gave us more reasons why it was a good choice."

At one stage of its life, the new genus Gaga has somewhat fluid definitions of gender and bears a striking resemblance to one of Gaga's famous costumes, a heart-shaped Armani Prive' costume with giant shoulders.

The clincher came when graduate student Fay-Wei Li scanned the DNA of the ferns being considered for the new genus. He found GAGA spelled out in the DNA base pairs as a signature that distinguishes this group of ferns from all others.

Awesome, non?

With that in mind, let's take a look at some pretty fern-y things:

4 hellos:

Siobhan said...

I love this story!

Vixie said...

It's the most awesome story, isn't it? Those crazy biologists!

Laura said...

That fern looks nothing like an Armani Prive costume with giant shoulders. TENUOUS!

Vixie said...

I believe, my darling, they are referring to the fern gametophyte, not the entire fern ;)


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