Scientists Are Studying DNA To Learn More About Loch Ness Monster Legend

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Scientists are studying DNA to learn more about the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, The Guardian reported Wednesday.

Neil Gemmell, a scientist from New Zealand, is initiating a research project alongside an international group of scientists to study the famous story of “Nessie” through the use of recording DNA from the Scottish lake, The Guardian reported.

Gemmell wants to study the type of organisms that live in the lake to assess how the legend of the infamous creature came about.

“I’m going into this thinking it’s unlikely there is a monster, but I want to test that hypothesis. What we’ll get is a really nice survey of the biodiversity of Loch Ness,” Gemmell said. The researcher noted that he expects that the team of researchers will find new types of bacteria in the lake.

“While the prospect of looking for evidence of the Loch Ness monster is the hook to this project, there is an extraordinary amount of new knowledge that we will gain from the work about organisms that inhabit Loch Ness,” Gemmell added. (RELATED: Cruise Line Buys Loch Ness Monster Insurance)

The Loch Ness monster legend was first written about in a 7th century biography about Saint Columba from Ireland claimed that he forced a “water beast” to live in the River Ness, according to

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