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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 00:00

Searching for Monster DNA

A team of researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand recently announced plans for a quest to analyze everything that lives in the body of water known as Loch Ness.

And yes, that would include the fabled Loch Ness Monster.

Beginning in June 2018, the researchers, led by Professor Neil Gemmell, will rely on environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling of the lake's waters to find minuscule DNA traces deposited by life in the loch.

The team will then make a specific list of everything living in Loch Ness and compare that with lists made of the life in a few other lochs to determine how Loch Ness is different from those locations -- if, in fact, it even is.

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