The last item makes it amply clear that we can rely on her data. Interpretation however is presently tentative although obviously compelling. Never forget that this is the first moment in which the human ancestry has been understood. It is far harder to sort out the rest of the DNA and that is precisely why all the data needs to be put out quickly. We need more eyeballs.
Bigfoot Evidence: It's not about the bloggers, it's about what went wrong with the Ketchum study
Which drew this reply:
Dr. Ketchum pointed out that at least 3 other DNA / forensic (private and government) laboratories blind tested the same samples. Each of these tests received the same results...that the mitochondrial DNA was 100% human. As she continued to map the genome it was discovered that all of 109 samples submitted were developing the same mitochondrial component. In the final stages, the result concluded that the human DNA was mixed with unknown (unique) primate DNA. The hybrid cross is fairly recent (less than 15,000 years).
Dr. Ketchum revealed that Wally Hersom and Adrian Erickson were the investors of the study. She also stated that most of the push-back that she has received has been within the Bigfoot community...basically, that she has somehow infringed on their territory.
She later describes a Bigfoot encounter she had approximately 2 years ago when she was invited by a group of habituators to witness these hominids. She describes the evasion skills of these beings and other reasons why they are rarely identified. There were no specifics given as to the location of the encounter.
Dr. Ketchum strongly stated that the peer review process is still in progress regardless of the speculation to the contrary. The published review is expected in 'weeks instead of months'. The Russian peer review will be on a separate study performed on samples collected by the Russian researchers.
She later points out that her laboratory is skilled in extracting and separating DNA forensically. Scientific and evidence protocol was strictly followed, regardless of the claims that the samples were contaminated. As stated previously, the screened samples were than submitted to other accredited laboratories for their analysis. The result, in at least one instance, was that they had'discovered a new species' in which Dr. Ketchum states she has in writing by one of the laboratories. She in confident that the study will hold up scientifically in the long term.
NOTE: Like I have stated previously, this is going to be a long and drawn out process. The majority of the Bigfoot community will most likely question the study regardless of the results. If Dr. Ketchum's study is correct, then 90% of the books written on Bigfoot and the Yeti are moot. That alone is 'stepping on a lot of toes.' Nevertheless...this interview reinforces my confidence that these beings were, and continue to be, the result of non-terrestrial intervention. Lon