The professional credibility is in question for Texas geneticist Dr. Melba Ketchum and her colleagues. They allege having genetic proof Bigfoot (Sasquatch) exists. Other scientists, and Bigfoot enthusiasts and skeptics alike, are eager to see if enough empirical evidence of the so-called elusive North American creature’s existence is valid, waiting for a peer-review scientific journal to publish the results.
Although Ketchum first announced her findings back in November, the publication of her full results was delayed because no peer-reviewed scientific journal would accept her study. Peer review methods are employed by those in relevant fields of study to maintain standards, improve performance, and provide credibility to research.
Ketchum’s Sasquatch Genome Project titled, “Novel North American Hominins, Next Generation Sequencing of Three Whole Genomes and Associated Studies,” recently appeared online in the DeNovo Journal of Science. DeNovo, however, is a fairly new domain registered anonymously. The study is the only content, and listed under volume one, issue one as a “special issue.”
According to the issue abstract:
“111 samples of blood, tissue, hair, and other types of specimens were studied, characterized and hypothesized to be obtained from elusive hominins in North America commonly referred to as Sasquatch. DNA was extracted and purified from a subset of these samples that survived rigorous screening for wildlife species identification.”
Questions have arisen as to the purchaser of the journal site and the validity of the information published on it. Ketchum admits to “acquiring the rights to this journal,” according to the Huffington Post, and publishing the information in lieu of waiting out the five years it would likely take to get an “open minded” peer-review to do the same.
Along with self-publishing the study, Ketchum is also charging viewers $30 to access and read the full results of her Bigfoot genome. Her research indicates Bigfoot is in fact a human hybrid descended from human women who mated with men of “an unknown hominin species.”
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