Last year, news of a Bigfoot DNA study headed by an Oxford University professor, Bryan Sykes, hit the mainstream media and spread like wildfire throughout the world. Many news websites took serious interest Sykes' announcement that he was going to make the case for the existence of Bigfoot -- with the help of genetic testing. While researchers are ridiculed for trying to prove Bigfoot, Syke's credibility and influence in the field of genetics is welcome by both the mainstream science and Bigfoot communities.
On February 15th, shortly after publishing her Bigfoot DNA paper in DeNovo Science Journal, Dr. Melba Ketchum posted a statement that she was handing her paper over for "independent analysis". The announcement on Facebook was a followup to another statement she made earlier about why mainstream science refused to accept her paper:
"I have independent analysis of our data going on. If the outcome of what we are doing supports our analysis, then we are vindicated. If not, then I will announce that also. It involves top level scientists that have volunteered after I released the paper. If their findings are the same, they will go public. So, please be patient. They also will assure upload to GenBank and they can make that happen." - Dr. Melba Ketchum
What we know about Dr. Ketchum is that she's extremely secretive. She refuses to state who is independently analyzing her data. On Monday, blogger Robert Lindsay, in his rumor mongering style of 'reporting', wrote this:
Dr. Melba Ketchum Bigfoot DNA paper will be reviewed by outside scientists – possibly Brian Sykes himself. This is some startling news. This review may take up to 6-12 months at the outside. They are going to review it to see if there is something there or not. If there is nothing there, Ketchum is wrong. If they validate Ketchum, so much the better. A source has now informed me that she thinks that the outside scientist who had offered to review Ketchum’s findings is none other than Sykes himself! The source told me it was just an educated guess, but she told me that that her hunches are usually correct. We shall see!
Given the fact that on Coast to Coast AM, Ketchum mentioned an upcoming meeting with Sykes, it's likely that Sykes may be stepping into the ring to give Ketchum a helping hand. So far, we know of only one scientist defending the study, and Ketchum needs all the support she can get.
[via Robert Lindsay]