Fern Species Named after Lady Gaga

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09:  Lady Gaga performs onstage during Z100's Jingle Ball 2011, presented by Aeropostale Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage for Clear Channel),LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31:  Musician Lady Gaga performs onstage at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Michael Caulfield/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Lady Gaga

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    Will this inspire a fern-covered dress?  Botanists at Duke announced on Wednesday that they have named a new genus of fern after Lady Gaga.  “We wanted to name this genus for Lady Gaga because of her fervent defense of equality and individual expression,” said Kathleen Pryer, director of Duke’s herbarium and professor of biology.  The ferns themselves gave even more reasons for the namesake: Gaga germanotta (the singer’s last name) and Gaga monstraparva (a shoutout to Gaga’s fans, “little monsters”) have “somewhat fluid definitions of gender” and include the sequence GAGA in their DNA base pairs.

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