Dr. Ketchum Processed All The Samples

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There is also a misconception that Dr. Ketchum processed all the samples in her facility. This is not true. Dr. Ketchum realized with the groundbreaking implications of this study blind testing was a must. She contracted the services of the following laboratories to perform blind testing on the samples and return the results. This means some of the laboratories had no idea what they were testing. The laboratories were given the samples and ask to run a DNA profile. The origin of the DNA samples was withheld from the laboratories.

# Laboratory Type of Testing Paid Blind Study Author ship 1 North Louisiana
Criminalistics Laboratory, Shreveport, LA Forensic DNA
Extraction and DNA quantification No No Yes
2 DNA Diagnostics,
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The director was unhappy about the blind study and refused recognition in the ms.
He did give us the data to use. No No Yes
12 Texas Veterinary Medical
Diagnostic Laboratory,
Texas A&M University,
College Station, TX Histopathology Yes No No
13 Huguley Pathology
Consultants, Ft. Worth, TX Histopathology confirmation No Yes No

The DNA Samples

The screening and handling of the hair, blood, saliva, and flesh samples.

Screening the hair

Before the hair was considered for testing it was first screened to ensure it was not human or any other known animal. The following is the documentation from the DNA Study of how the hair was screened.

Hair Analysis:

From the DNA Study: Hair samples were sent to the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences (Dallas, TX) for analysis. (Mr. David Spence) The samples were evaluated visually, stereoscopically, and by light microscopy to determine human or animal origin. Hairs that were classified as potential novel hominid were also evaluated for DNA typing potential by examining for root material. Only hairs that were not human in appearance and could not be identified as any other species were utilized in this study.

The hairs were examined for a variety of microscopic features such as: medulla, pigmentation, cortical fusi, ovoid bodies, cuticle, and root and tip characteristics. The hair cuticle patterns of
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