DNA tests could of­fer new clues on mys­tery of Nessie

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SCI­EN­TISTS could fi­nally solve the mys­tery of the Loch Ness mon­ster as they carry out a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the loch’s wa­ters.

A global team of sci­en­tists, known as the Su­per Nat­u­ral His­tory team, will use en­vi­ron­men­tal DNA (eDNA) sam­pling of the wa­ters to iden­tify tiny DNA rem­nants left be­hind by life in the High­land loch.

They will then es­tab­lish a de­tailed list of all life liv­ing in Loch Ness and make com­par­isons be­tween it and sev­eral other lochs to find if it dif­fers from other sites.

As crea­tures move through the loch, they leave tiny frag­ments of DNA through their skin, scales, feath­ers, fur, fae­ces and urine.

The study is be­ing led by Pro­fes­sor Neil Gem­mell, of the Univer­sity of Otago, New Zealand.

He said he will be sur­prised if there is any ev­i­dence of DNA se­quences sim­i­lar to those likely to come from a large ex­tinct ma­rine rep­tile, the so called “Juras­sic hy­poth­e­sis”, but is open-minded about what they might find.

He said: “Large fish like cat­fish and stur­geons have been sug­gested as pos­si­ble ex­pla­na­tions for the mon­ster myth and we can very much test that idea and oth­ers.”

Hunt is on for Nessie

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