A Texas Geneticist Apparently Invented a Science Journal to Publish Her DNA Proof of Bigfoot

Melba Ketchum has by now established herself as a voice in the scientific wilderness, proclaiming, loudly and often, that Bigfoot is real.

That role was cemented in November when Dr. Ketchum -- she's a Nacodoches veterinarian-turned DNA researcher -- announced that her "Sasquatch genome study" had found conclusive evidence that the holy grail of cryptozoology not only exists but is actually part human.

The evidence, she claimed, came from a sample of purported Sasquatch hair samples her team put through "extensive" DNA sequencing. The results suggested the creature "is a human relative that arose approximately 15,000 years ago as a hybrid cross of modern Homo sapiens with an unknown primate species."

She immediately called for public officials and law enforcement to acknowledge the "unambiguously modern human maternal ancestry" of the Sasquatch and begin treating it as such. "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."

Melba Ketchum
The scientific community was not impressed, and Ketchum was unable to find a scientific journal to publish her findings.

It was, she wrote, "the worst scientific bias in the peer review process in recent history." She dubbed it "Galileo Effect," presumably a reference to the chilly reception the Italian scientist received when he declared the earth orbits the sun.

"It seems mainstream science just can't seem to tolerate something controversial, especially from a group of primarily forensic scientists and not 'famous academians' aligned with large universities, even though most of our sequencing and analysis was performed at just such facilities," she wrote.

But on Wednesday, Ketchum announced that she had finally found a publication with the courage to go against the ivory tower establishment and that her research was finally being published by the DeNovo Journal of Science. She immediately took to Twitter, directing the attention of popular science gatekeepers like National Geographic, the BBC, Jane Goodall, and, um, Rob Lowe, to a 19-second video clip, supposedly showing the sleeping female Sasquatch whose DNA was sequenced for the study.

But Ketchum's victory celebration might be a bit premature. The Huffington Post and others did a modicum of digging and found that, not only is DeNovo's website shoddy and amateurish, the domain was registered all of nine days before it published Ketchum's study, which, by the way, is its only article. To read it, you have to shell out $30.

That doesn't conclusively prove that Ketchum's study is a worthless pile of crap. It just suggests it very, very strongly.

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When she pulled out the victim card, I knew she had nothing.

bmarvel topcommenter

This makes creationism actually sound like reputable science.

Before you swallow this do a little background check on "DeNovo Journal of Science," which is neither a journal nor "of science." Find out which university libraries subscribe, check what else it's published, find out how and with whom it conducts peer review of submissons. One might suspect that this "journal" and its website were concocted out of thin air just to publish the vet's "genome study." 

Then sit back and watch to see if her findings are reproduced by other, independet researchers -- always the gold standard in science.


You'd think if they were selling the "report" for $30 they could have spent a little more time and/or money on their website. 


This like Rand Paul creating a certification group so he could become an eye doctor. 


She sounds like a good candidate for the Texas Board of Education, science wing.


There are thought to be somewhere around 100-150 Iberian Lynx left in pockets of Spain, under 150 Amur Leopards, native to Russia, the Mountain Gorilla population is thought to be 350 or less-what do all of these really, really hard to find animals have in common?  People take pictures of them with some regularity!  Good pictures.  The kind of pictures where you don't have to use your imagination to make out a kinda-sorta human shape behind that fourth rock to the left kinda picture.  Come on Bigfoot researchers!  There are really devoted kooks out there counting on you.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The Bigfoot hurt no one and want to live in peace and solitude.  Why can't we just leave their colonies alone?

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Don't let the creationists learn of this gambit.  Next thing will be a new online journal titled the DeVivium Originia Series A ...


@bmarvelFor some reason your comment isn't showing up for me, but in reply to "alteredjustice It was implied, not necessarily evident."

 You said  "One might suspect that this "journal" and its website were concocted out of thin air just to publish the vet's 'genome study.'" How is this not evident in the article? The title is "A Texas Geneticist Apparently Invented a Science Journal[...]"

All of the other things are things that you could derive from that. If the science journal is made up, which is evident from facts stated in the article, then you could conclude that there aren't libraries who subscribe to it, etc. And it was explicitly stated that this was the only article in the jounral.

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