The results of an environmental DNA study of Loch Ness will be officially released in a few weeks and the scientist behind the ambitious project says that the findings indicated that one theory for the site's legendary 'monster' remains plausible. According to a press release issued on Wednesday, the exhaustive research endeavor led by Professor Neil Gemmell of New Zealand collected 250 water samples from "the length, breadth, and depth of Loch Ness" last year.
These samples were subsequently examined for genetic material that had been left behind by animals and plants living at the site. A whopping 500 million DNA sequences were found in the water and then "analyzed against existing databases" to provide a vibrant look at the various lifeforms that call Loch Ness home. The comprehensive catalog is apparently now complete as Gemmell will unveil the findings from the study at a press conference to be held on September 5th in the village of Drumnadrochit which sits on the shore of Loch Ness.
While we'll have to wait a few more weeks for the much-anticipated results from the environmental DNA study, Gemmell provided a rather tantalizing tease for what will be unveiled to the public next month. Find out more at the Coast to Coast AM website.