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Editorial by Kipp Morrill:
So here we are, the Ketchum DNA paper is finally published, confirming that Bigfoot/ Sasquatch indeed exists. This very scientific paper has been properly peer reviewed and accepted into a prestigious scientific journal for publication. Now all of the skeptics will be silenced, left alone to remove the egg from their faces.
Not so fast. It quickly became apparent that the little known scientific journal, DeNovo, was actually born out of the necessity to have a place to publish this very paper. In general usage, de novo is a Latin expression meaning "from the beginning," "afresh," "anew," "beginning again." So it would appear that Dr. Ketchum was in need of a new beginning for her research. Fair enough.
The problem here again lies within the need for transparency in everything Bigfoot/Sasquatch related. The more we fail at this, the more difficult it becomes to achieve any kind of creditability. Dr. Ketchum failed at being up front about the fact that this “scientific journal” was basically created for her paper to finally be published. In less than an hour’s time, it was discovered that this was the case. So here we are, guilty by association to a paper that is all but the laughing stock of the scientific community.
Was the science even sound? I’m not a scientist but from what I understand there were many reasons nobody would touch this. Was there unfair bias from the scientific community? Absolutely! That’s exactly why this study had to be perfect. And from the collection of the samples, this was not the case. We would all like to believe that each sample was collected with the utmost care and scientific perfection, like watching an episode from “CSI”. We can all picture the masked, gloved, scientific technician carefully taking the hair sample with a sterile pair of tweezers, placing it in a plastic bag, than into a paper bag, all the while following and documenting the chain of custody. The reality is that these “samples” were collected with no documented protocol. In more easy to understand terminology, they were kind of “winging it”. And, because of that, the possibility or even the probability of contamination goes without saying.
If our quest to find the truth is to be taken seriously by the scientific world, than any chance we get to be in the limelight needs to be transparent and professional. Unfortunately all they see are pathetic and half-assed attempts to pull one over on them. Our only saving grace to be taken seriously is to be as transparent and professional as we can, even if the outcome isn’t what we had hoped for. Until then, expect that the media will continue to focus on the most ridiculous examples of bigfooting in order to support the general public’s perception that we are all a bunch of lunatic fringe, low IQ, knuckle draggers, that are sharp as bowling balls and twice as smart.