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Ketchum Sasquatch DNA Study Smells Like a Skunk Ape

In November of 2012 DNA Diagnostics issued a press release stating that a 5 year long study had been concluded and revealed that "DNA sequencing suggests that the legendary Sasquatch is a human relative that arose approximately 15,000 years ago."

A few questions crop up regarding this Bigfoot DNA "breakthrough" claim made by Dr. Melba S. Ketchum of DNA Diagnostics Inc., and her team of experts.

First, a press release offered by DNA Diagnostics Inc. clearly states that Dr. Melba S. Ketchum "began testing the DNA of purported Sasquatch hair samples 5 years ago."

I'll give you a few moments to read that line again and give it a thought...

According to my dictionary the word "purported" means "alleged; supposed; rumoured," so it's puzzling why one would attempt to make a scientific claim based on the examination of purported evidence. That's probably one reason mainstream science isn't taking this claim seriously.

Second, after scientific journals declined to publish the study Ketchum stated that their study is in fact now under peer review at www.denovojournal.com. Conveniently — and somewhat suspiciously — www.denovojournal.com was registered with Godaddy on 4 February, 2013, after Ketchum's study was declined by legitimate scientific journals.

Interestingly the www.denovojournal.com website contains only one news release, the Sasquatch DNA Sequencing study headed by Dr. Ketchum.

Though I'm not an authority on DNA sequencing, I would guess that serious peer-reviewed scientific journals are not taking Ketchum's claim seriously because the press release itself suggests that their research is faulty.

Ketchum's team studied Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) found in "purported Sasquatch hair samples." Mitochondrial DNA is maternally inherited, and Ketchum's team discovered that the mother of whom the hair samples came from was human.

We are told that the study "utilized next generation sequencing to obtain 3 whole nuclear genomes from purported Sasquatch samples" but the only way to obtain nuclear DNA (nDNA) is physically, through a direct tissue sample of the subject, which includes intact hair follicles. It is not indicated that viable tissue was present on the hair samples examined in the study.

I'm not sure what's going on, but I think at the very least we have some mistaken scientists who seem to have missed a few things, their expertise in DNA sequencing aside. If it's not as simple as that then there must be another form motivation at work, about which I will not speculate.

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