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Melba Ketchum Bigfoot DNA claims revisited

Posted on Thursday, 4 July, 2013 | Comment icon 51 comments


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A reporter for the Houston Chronicle has taken a closer look at Ketchum's Bigfoot DNA test results.

Ketchum made headlines when she released a research paper suggesting that alleged Bigfoot DNA that had been tested in a laboratory showed signs that it was indeed from an undiscovered species of bipedal ape. The findings generated much controversy, prompting science reporter Eric Berger to take a closer look and determine whether the evidence really did show what Ketchum was claiming.

Having received a phone call from Ketchum, Berger agreed not to write anything until a top geneticist had independently verified the results. Upon conducting the research however, the geneticist determined that the DNA was actually little more than that of an opossum mixed together with a few other species - hardly the ground-breaking Bigfoot evidence that Ketchum had been claiming it to be.

"Back in February I savaged the release of a research paper that claimed to prove the existence of Bigfoot by providing a DNA sequence from the species."

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Comment icon #42 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 29 July, 2013, 18:02
Who cares if it's a possum! Ketchum is hothothot!
Comment icon #43 Posted by keninsc on 29 July, 2013, 18:17
I have to say, Melba seems like a deeply disturbed woman in search of her proverbial fifteen minutes of fame.
Comment icon #44 Posted by scowl on 29 July, 2013, 19:21
You could say our cells have two types of DNA, or really two sources of DNA. Our cells have a nucleus which contains our genome DNA or nuclear DNA, the DNA that codes for you, and then mitochondria have their own DNA (usually called mtDNA). Mitochondria can reproduce independently from the mother cell and often do so to meet the energy requirements of the cell, as that is their function, the production of ATP, our cellular energy currency. During the normal cell cycle, there is a regulation that ensures each daughter cell gets at least one mitochondrion, and that one can reproduce independentl... [More]
Comment icon #45 Posted by evancj on 4 August, 2013, 19:40
Who cares if it's a possum! Ketchum is hothothot! Eww, but whatever floats your boat. I guess bigfoot agrees with you, apparently at one point one took advantage of her at her habituation site.
Comment icon #46 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 7 August, 2013, 17:44
I don't get out much, evancj
Comment icon #47 Posted by brlesq1 on 31 August, 2013, 22:46
Feel kinda sorry for her. No one will ever take her seriously again. What was she thinking when she put out that garbage?
Comment icon #48 Posted by QuiteContrary on 31 August, 2013, 23:11
Feel kinda sorry for her. No one will ever take her seriously again. What was she thinking when she put out that garbage? There's been a binful from her.
Comment icon #49 Posted by Stardrive on 1 September, 2013, 18:13
Eww, but whatever floats your boat. I guess bigfoot agrees with you, apparently at one point one took advantage of her at her habituation site.
Comment icon #50 Posted by keninsc on 1 September, 2013, 18:31
Eww, but whatever floats your boat. I guess bigfoot agrees with you, apparently at one point one took advantage of her at her habituation site. Yep, and she keeps talking about it like it was the best she ever had.
Comment icon #51 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 3 September, 2013, 23:13
Feel kinda sorry for her. No one will ever take her seriously again. What was she thinking when she put out that garbage? what's this "again" stuff? LOL


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