Posted by: Craig Woolheater on February 27th, 2013
Breaking Bio is a new podcast from a group of biologists, about biology, science, the academic life, and any other topic that takes our fancy (which can be a pretty wide list). Having started as a joke on Twitter, we don’t take ourselves too seriously, and we always have fun. So, come join us!
The hosts for this episode:
Steven Hamblin – Postdoc at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. (link, twitter)
Bug Girl – Entomologist and evil administrator at an undisclosed location. (link, twitter)
Morgan Jackson – Fresh-faced Ph.D. student at the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada. (link, twitter)
Rafael Maia – Ph.D. student in biology at the University of Akron in Ohio. (link, twitter)
Tom Houslay – Ph.D. student at the University of Stirling in Scotland. (link, twitter)
Guest for this episode:
In episode 19, we dissect the Sasquatch genome paper with David Winter (@TheAtavism). Spoiler alert: still not real.
If you have $30 to burn and you just can’t find a lighter, you can purchase the Sasquatch paper yourself. But trust us, it’s not worth it. Someone else did it so that you don’t have to.
Sharon Hill of Doubtful News summarizes David Winter’s conclusions on her blog here: Breaking bio on the Ketchum Sasquatch sequences
So, as Winter notes, he’s not sure if the researchers are inept or deliberate in their interpretation but some of the DNA is perfectly matched to humans and the rest is “crap”. Some of the sequences, he said, were far too short to be the result of hybridization, making Ketchums claim of hybridization from 15,000 years ago not plausible.
Contamination remains the obvious question. It’s not that the samples were contaminated necessarily by the collector but that the sample itself was a mix. So, no matter how careful they were in the lab to prevent investigator contamination (as Ketchum insists), the damage was already done if it was junk to begin with.
Conclusion? Bad.Doubtful News