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New Bigfoot DNA evidence
On November 24, 2012, the results of a five-year study of more than 100 samples of Bigfoot hair, tissue and blood revealed that the elusive creature is a hybrid mix of human DNA and that of an unknown primate species.

In a subsequent interview on KPRC-TV in Houston, Dr. Melba S. Ketchum, director of DNA Diagnostics, said they had not intended to release the news until it was published. However, she explained, a Russian colleague working on Bigfoot samples for another study “got really excited and leaked the information prematurely, and when he did we had to respond to stop any speculation.” If you would like to see the 3:56 minute interview, go to the North American Bigfoot Search website.

We’ve added a heading at the end of the following UPI article to emphasize Dr. Ketchum’s plea for legal protection for Bigfoot or Sasquatch.

We’d like to thank Don Cooper for telling us about this story right after it was released, and Beck Horne for letting us know about the television interview with Dr. Ketchum. – The Editor

Researchers claim sequenced “Bigfoot” DNA
United Press International (UPI)

November 27, 2012 - A Texas veterinarian says she and fellow genetic researchers have confirmed the existence of “Bigfoot,” though their findings have yet to pass peer review.

Dr. Melba S. Ketchum of Nacogdoches, Founder of DNA Diagnostics Inc. in the eastern Texas town of Timpson, said she and her team spent five years on their study of purported Bigfoot hair and concluded they have confirmed the existence of a hominin hybrid species, the legendary creature commonly called “Bigfoot” or “Sasquatch,” living in North America.

There have been frequent but unsubstantiated claims of Bigfoot sightings over the years, including some grainy film clips.

In a release posted on the company’s website Saturday (11/24/12), the researchers say their DNA sequencing suggests the animal is a human relative that developed about 15,000 years ago as a hybrid cross of modern Homo sapiens with an unknown primate species.

Ketchum said her team has sequenced three complete Sasquatch nuclear genomes and concluded the species is a human hybrid.

“Our study has sequenced 20 whole mitochondrial genomes and utilized next generation sequencing to obtain three whole nuclear genomes from purported Sasquatch samples,” she said in the release. “The genome sequencing shows that Sasquatch mtDNA (maternal) is identical to modern Homo sapiens, but Sasquatch nuDNA (paternal) 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.”
Genetic testing has already ruled out Homo neanderthalis and the Denisova hominin as contributors to Sasquatch mtDNA or nuDNA, she 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 said.

“Sasquatch nuclear DNA is incredibly novel and not at all what we had expected. While it has human nuclear DNA within its genome, there are also distinctly non-human, non-archaic hominin, and non-ape sequences. We describe it as a mosaic of human and novel non-human sequence.”

She said further study is needed to “better characterize and understand Sasquatch nuclear NNA.”

Plea for protection of Bigfoot

Ketchum, who describes herself as a veterinarian with 27 years’ experience in genetics research, including forensics, wants public officials and law enforcement to recognize the Sasquatch as an indigenous people.

“Genetically, the Sasquatch are a human hybrid with unambiguously modern human maternal ancestry,” she said. “Government at all levels must recognize them as an indigenous people and immediately protect their human and constitutional rights against those who would see in their physical and cultural differences a ‘license’ to hunt, trap or kill them.”

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http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/11/prweb10166775.htm

'Bigfoot' DNA Sequenced In Upcoming Genetics Study

Five-Year Genome Study At DNA Diagnostics Yields Evidence of Homo sapiens/Unknown Hominin Hybrid Species in North America

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) November 24, 2012

A team of scientists can verify that their 5-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.

The study was conducted by a team of experts in genetics, forensics, imaging and pathology, led by Dr. Melba S. Ketchum of Nacogdoches, TX. In response to recent interest in the study, Dr. Ketchum can confirm that her team has sequenced 3 complete Sasquatch nuclear genomes and determined the species is a human hybrid:

“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.

Hominins are members of the taxonomic grouping Hominini, which includes all members of the genus Homo. Genetic testing has already ruled out Homo neanderthalis and the Denisova hominin as contributors to Sasquatch mtDNA or nuDNA. “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,” explains Ketchum.

“Sasquatch nuclear DNA is incredibly novel and not at all what we had expected. While it has human nuclear DNA within its genome, there are also distinctly non-human, non-archaic hominin, and non-ape sequences. We describe it as a mosaic of human and novel non-human sequence. Further study is needed and is ongoing to better characterize and understand Sasquatch nuclear DNA.”

Ketchum is a veterinarian whose professional experience includes 27 years of research in genetics, including forensics. Early in her career she also practiced veterinary medicine, and she has previously been published as a participant in mapping the equine genome. She began testing the DNA of purported Sasquatch hair samples 5 years ago.

Ketchum calls on public officials and law enforcement to immediately recognize the Sasquatch as an indigenous people:

“Genetically, the Sasquatch are a human hybrid with unambiguously modern human maternal ancestry. Government at all levels must recognize them as an indigenous people and immediately protect their human and Constitutional rights against those who would see in their physical and cultural differences a ‘license’ to hunt, trap, or kill them.”

Full details of the study will be presented in the near future when the study manuscript publishes.


Dr. Ketchum is available for interview or to answer further questions about the Sasquatch genome study and associated research on novel contemporary hominids at media@dnadiagnostics.com

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