Dr. Melba Ketchum has published her Bigfoot DNA paper on DeNovo Science Journal, a website, she claims to have bought out recently. Regardless of whether or not you think the science journal is legit, it's published now and we can all check it out for the super low price of $30.
So what are the big shots saying about Ketchum and her published paper? Dr. Jeff Meldrum of Idaho State University and Steven Streufert of Bigfoot Books has chimed in. Here's what they wrote on Facebook today:
Dr. Jeff Meldrum via Project Sasquatch:
The journal was created on a GoDaddy template on Feb 4, by a third party, with a one-year contract. There is no information about who is editing the "journal" or who the members of an editorial board might be. I queried the contact feature on this matter but have received no reply. This does not appear to be a refereed journal. It appears to merely be a front for a self-published report. The sequences have not been uploaded to Genbank.
Steve Streufert via Coalition for Sanity in Bigfoot Research:
I've said this many times before, and I'll say it again:
Ketchum may indeed have real Bigfoot samples, but she clearly screwed up the scientific process in many ways, and seems to have an extremely naive interpretation of what the data mean. This will become clear when real scientists get a hold of that data. Even then, it is possible that this flawed study could lead to the proof of the possible Sasquatch species. Personally, I would love to see that happen.
There may indeed be something behind it, within all the mess. Real, earnest, dedicated researchers put their hearts and souls into this. One can only hope it was not all for nothing.