Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Is Kokanee Brewery On To Something Big?

According to a press release by DNA Diagnostics Inc., a study conducted by a team led by Dr. Melba Ketchum of Nacogdoches, TX., has confirmed that Bigfoot is a relative of the human species that arose about 15,000 years ago. The press release describes Ketchum as a veterinarian with 27 years of experience in genetics research, including forensics, who has previously been published as a participant in mapping the equine genome. The release says she began testing the DNA of purported Sasquatch hair samples 5 years ago. The release reads: "A team of scientists can verify that their five-year-long DNA study, currently under peer-review, confirms the existence of a novel hominin hybrid species, commonly called 'Bigfoot' or 'Sasquatch,' living in North America. Researchers' extensive DNA sequencing suggests that the legendary Sasquatch is a human relative that arose approximately 15,000 years ago as a hybrid cross of modern Homo sapiens with an unknown primate species." Dr. Ketchum said: “Our study has sequenced 20 whole mitochondrial genomes and utilized next generation sequencing to obtain 3 whole nuclear genomes from purported Sasquatch samples. The genome sequencing shows that Sasquatch mtDNA is identical to modern Homo sapiens, but Sasquatch nuDNA is a novel, unknown hominin related to Homo sapiens and other primate species. Our data indicate that the North American Sasquatch is a hybrid species, the result of males of an unknown hominin species crossing with female Homo sapiens." Ketchum claims that Sasquatch nuclear DNA is "incredibly novel" with "distinctly" non-human, non-archaic hominin, and non-ape sequences. Ketchum described the DNA as "a mosaic of human and novel non-human sequence." Ketchum claims that their test has ruled out Homo neanderthalis and the Denisova hominin as contributors to the purported Sasquatch mtDNA or nuDNA. Ketchum said: "The male progenitor that contributed the unknown sequence to this hybrid is unique as its DNA is more distantly removed from humans than other recently discovered hominins like the Denisovan individual." Ketchum suggests that the "males of an unknown hominin species" had sex with modern human females and produced the North American Sasquatch. The Register reports that Ketchum said the samples used came from researchers tracking Bigfoot. Read more: