Kanadiske Rush er et band som står høyt i kurs hos mange musikkelskere. Nå har de til og med fått hver sin mikrobe oppkalt etter seg. Det må være en enormt stor ære, og livet blir neppe den samme etter dette for Geddy Lee og medmusikantene!
“Three new species of microbes have been named after Rush.”
According to the University Of British Columbia, the trio of microbes was found in the guts of termites and sport long hair and have a tendency to move rhythmically under a microscope. The researchers called the new Pseudotrichonympha species P. leei, P. lifesoni, and P. pearti after Rush’s Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson og Neil Peart.
Patrick Keeling, a University of British Columbia microbiologist and senior author of a paper about the new species, said he was asked by a Spanish colleague to recommend “some good Canadian music, and I suggested he listen to Rush,” he explained. “He came back to me and said, ‘Those microbes we’re finding have long hair like the guys on the album 2112!’”
“Pseudotrichonympha leei, P. lifesoni og P. pearti.”
The recently discovered microbes are covered with flagella, the long threads cells use to move. The university’s report notes that many cells have a few flagella, but this new species boasts more than 10,000 “very long flagella, giving them flowing hair.”
As the study in Scientific Reports points out, the three members of Rush aren’t exactly the type to bust moves onstage, but their new microbe counterparts “sway their bodies in microscopic dances.” The one named after Peart, particularly, features a “rotating intracellular structure never seen before.” “We have looked at a lot of crazy cells in my lab, and none of us has ever seen anything like this,” Keeling said.