by | Jun 4, 2018

NessieOne of the world’s longest running urban legends might soon be put to rest, all thanks to technology.

For years visitors to Scotland’s Loch Ness have described seeing a sea monster lurking in its depths. But after all the speculation and grainy pictures a New Zealand scientist says he can find proof.

Next month he will take an international team to the lake and take samples of the water. From those samples they will conduct DNA tests to determine what species actually live there.

Neil Gemmell says when creatures move about in the water they leave behind tiny fragments of DNA from their skin, feathers, scales and urine. He says his team will take 300 samples of water from different points of the lake at different depths, then filter the organic material and extract the DNA using technology originally created for the human genome project.

The DNA results will then be compared against a database of known species. The team is expected to have answers by the end of the year.

Seeing might be believing, but it’s hard to argue with cold hard facts.

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