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DNA study points to plausible Loch Ness monster theory

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When University of Otago geneticist Professor Neil Gemmell travelled from New Zealand to Scotland to investigate the waters of Loch Ness in 2018, speculation quickly spread that evidence of the fabled Loch Ness Monster would be found.

By examining environmental DNA, Professor Gemmell aimed to catalogue all current life in the loch.

The background for the project is detailed here: https://www.lochnesshunters.com/

250 water samples were taken from the length, breadth and depth of Loch Ness. The DNA from those samples was extracted and sequenced, resulting in around 500 million sequences that have now been analysed against existing databases.

The results are now in.

"There have been over a thousand reported sightings of something in Loch Ness which have driven this notion of a monster being in the water. From those sightings there are around four main explanations about what has been seen. Our research essentially discounts most of those theories, however one theory remains plausible," Professor Gemmell says.

To learn of the study findings, media are invited to a press conference at Drumnadrochit, on the shores of Loch Ness, on Thursday September 5th.

In order to manage the already significant media interest in this announcement, media attending are asked to rsvp to University of Otago Communications Adviser, Mark Hathaway: mark.hathaway@otago.ac.nz

Along with the press conference itself, Professor Gemmell will be available for interview on Thursday September 5th directly after the announcement, and also on Friday September 6th in Drumnadrochit. Professor Gemmell is unavailable for interview before the press conference.

When: 10am Thursday 5th September 2019

Where: Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, Drumnadrochit.

Who: Professor Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago, New Zealand.

What: Announcement of findings

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