Scientists searching for Loch Ness monster DNA

Loch Ness monster

Neil Gemmell, an academic at the New Zealand University of Otago, is days away from initiating a new attempt to shed light on the existence of Nessi, the suspected Loch Ness monster, in Scotland. The idea that will guide his efforts seems simple and possible, namely if it is a living being that exists or existed, some trace of DNA must be found in the waters of the lake, and it is because of these traces that the researcher embarks himself in searching for Loch Ness monster DNA.

The technology that will be used comes from the Human Genome Project, and it is hoped that if it exists, Nessie will be revealed, even if it is through one or more samples of its DNA.
Gemmell says that one of the reasons that prompted him to put his idea into practice is that by talking about it to his son and a group of his friends, they agreed that it was something possible and “cool”.

Searching for the Loch Ness monster DNA will commence in June
In June, the waters of Loch Ness will become the laboratory of the New Zealander centenarian, and several samples will be taken from them for analysis and DNA traces.

The DNA that is found will be sequenced according to the technologies developed by the Human Genome Project and will be compared with the DNA of the species known to inhabit these waters.

“It is possible that something will then be discovered that current science does not know, but I doubt it,” says the researcher.

But if it does, the task will be to determine what kind of life it is, whether it is the last specimen standing of an extinct animal or a large contemporary animal. Of course, Nessie might just be a myth.

However, myth or not, this is an interesting project, as Gemmell himself told for Radio New Zealand, and reveals that he has already received calls to find out the truth about Bigfoot but, at least for now, he is only up for searching for the Loch Ness monster DNA.

Source: Radio New Zealand 

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