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Friday, October 18, 2013
Dr. Sykes Takes Cheap Shot At The Ketchum DNA Project
Dr. Sykes makes this claim in an interview with NBC News after testing only two hair samples, randomly collected over 800 miles apart. He has no chain of custody, no eye witness to place a "Yeti" in the area the hair was collected, and no hair expert examined the hairs prior to testing. The hairs match a "ancient polar bear" and shazaam Dr. Sykes descends from on high to declare that the Yeti mystery is solved. This is the most ridiculous, unscientific farce I have ever witnessed.
Dr. Sykes completely circumvented the peer review process and is making these claims with no data to back up his assertions yet the media and mainstream science is more than happy to accept this as "gospel" because it fits their agenda. When the media went out to find an "Outside Expert" to comment on Sykes claims they found a willing accomplice that said the following: Tom Gilbert, professor of paleogenomics at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, told The Associated Press that Sykes' research provided a "reasonable explanation" for past Yeti sightings.
Dr. Sykes also took a veiled cheap shot at the Ketchum DNA Study when he said the following in the NBC News Interview:
"One of the reasons I started this project is that Bigfoot, Yetis and Sasquatches have fallen out of the scope of science, and all of the work that’s been done has been in the realm of fantasy and very eccentric, and not worked on very vigorously. Nothing has ever been published in a reviewed scientific journal. The project is still going on, and the idea is to publish this results in a scientific journal to bring it back into the realm of science. All my colleagues think I’m taking a risk in doing this, but I’m curious, and I am in a position to actually do something to answer the questions."
In my opinion the above statement is a blatant lie and Dr. Sykes knows it! The Ketchum DNA Study was reviewed twice by the Journal Nature and PASSED peer review by the JAMEZ Journal. Dr. Ketchum was savaged in the media and blogs and was railroaded during the Journal Nature peer review process. A referee for the Journal Nature unethically leaked a copy of the first peer review which was used to destroy Dr. Ketchum's reputation, intimidate her co-authors, and destroy the DNA Study.
In contrast to Dr. Sykes lack of data, the DNA study involved multiple disciplines and had nine scientists contribute to the paper. Over 100 samples were forensically processed and three complete genomes extracted. The paper and supporting documentation can be viewed free of charge by clicking this link: DNA STUDY . You can also view the peer reviews to include the passing peer reviews from JAMEZ by click this link: Peer Reviews.
This was not unexpected and unfortunately I think this is just the tip of the iceberg. I think it is reprehensible that Dr. Sykes can come forward with no paper that can be viewed/scrutinized, make unsubstantiated claims, and be taken seriously by the media. I hate to say this but Dr. Sykes is getting ready to throw the entire "Bigfoot World" under the bus. The ironic fact is that he will use the people in the Bigfoot World who supported him and trashed Dr. Ketchum to do it. I predict by the time he is through we will be relegated back to the "fringe" and "koodom" realm we have struggled so hard to emerge from. Well "Bigfoot World" you are getting what you deserve and definitely reaping what you have sowed....
Posted by Joe Black at 10:11 AM