Loch Ness monster, DNA

In new research, a global team of scientists has planned to go to the icy depths of the Loch Ness in the next month by using the environmental DNA (eDNA) in an experiment which will help in the discovery of Scotland’s fabled monster.  The stories about the monster exist since the visitors who have visited Scotland’s Loch Ness and have described the monster that they believe to be in depths.

A New Zealand scientist who is leading the international team to the lake next month and there they will take the samples of the murky waters, and they will conduct the DNA tests to determine the species live there. The use of eDNA sampling is well established as it is used as a tool to monitor the marine life like sharks and blue whales. When a creature moves in the environment, it leaves behind the trails of tiny fragments of DNA in the form of the scales, skin, features, urine, and faeces.

Loch Ness monster, DNA

According to the professor, Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago in New Zealand and the team spokesman said, “This DNA can be captured, sequenced and then used to identify that creature by comparing the sequence obtained too large databases of known genetic sequences from hundreds of thousands of different organisms.”

To track the monster, there were countless attempts done in the last few years, but the result that they found was not satisfying. As per the Gemmell who said on his University website, “While the prospect of looking for evidence of the Loch Ness monster is the hook to this project, there is an extraordinary amount of new knowledge that we will gain from work about organisms that inhabit Loch Ness.” The new study findings are expected to get a release in January 2019.


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