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★  Nov 26, 2020  ★

New Strain of Acne Named After Frank Zappa

Close up portrait of Frank Zappa

Scientists have discovered a new strain of acne and they've named it after Frank Zappa. This feels appropriate. Or as Ike Willis would say, "A-pro-pree-ott." Apparently the lead researcher is a big Zappa fan.

Fun facts about this new strain of bacteria:

  • The strain moved from humans to the bark of grape vines.
  • This is the first time we know of that a microorganism has moved from a human to a plant.
  • It probably made the move about 7,000 years ago, when we first started farming grapes. Seems obvious, but thank God they've verified it with a molecular clock analysis.
  • Zappa means "hoe" in Italian.

Note: This study was recently published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution, so it's real.

Just look at this face...

Frank Zappa with a cigarette and guitar

Close up of Frank Zappa's face during a recording session

Frank Zappa conducts an orchestra