Bigfoots DNA Hair Test
Status of the DNA Analysis
of Hair Samples at Ohio State
On August 5, 1995, two separate sets of hair samples
were collected by three persons (Paul Freeman, Bill
Laughery and Wes Sumerlin) in the Blue Mountains east of
Walla Walla, Washington.
The group first tracked three
sets of fresh foot prints, then found freshly twisted-off
trees with hair caught in them, and within a short time
later observed a sasquatch at less than 100 feet with
The hair was sent to Dr. W. Henner
Fahrenbach (Beaverton, Oregon), who determined
microscopically that the hair appeared to have come from
two individuals of the same species, that it differed in
color, length and hair growth cycle between the two sets,
had not been not cut, and was indistinguishable from
human hair by any criterion.
Hence, DNA analysis suggested itself as the only
methodology of promise. Through a nation-wide search of
pertinent laboratories and some fortuitous contacts,
W.H.F. located an investigator (Dr. P. Fuerst) in the
Department of Molecular Genetics of Ohio State
University, who had a specific interest in DNA analysis of
Wildman and sasquatch hair. The hair underwent lengthy
and concerted analytical study by Dr. Fuerst and a
graduate student, J. A. Poe, both with extensive
experience in hair DNA analysis.
Although the ultimate results have not generated a
diagnostic sequence of a mitochondrial gene, which might
have yielded information on the relationship of the
sasquatch to other primates, we nonetheless decided to
publish the outcome rather than let the study fade away
as most preceding such events have.
As of January 1998, the article is virtually finished except
for some illustrative material and will be shortly
submitted to the Journal of Cryptozoology.
W. Henner Fahrenbach Ph.D.
Update, March 20, 1998:
Re: Interim Statement on the Blue Mountain / Ohio Hair.
After lengthy deliberation, we (W. Henner Fahrenbach, J. A.
Poe, and Paul Fuerst), co-authors of the intended article on
the Eastern Washington hair found in August, 1995, have
decided to withhold submission of the manuscript of the
analysis until more DNA from tissue, preferably with
attached hair, is obtained.
Our studies have not yielded a
sequenced mitochondrial gene fragment to determine the
phylogenetic affiliation of the creature. The ambiguous
results at the present time can, on the one hand,
generate misplaced enthusiasm and be quoted as "proof,"
or on the other hand, can be used by the opposite camp
to criticize and denigrate the results unfairly.
This decision emphasizes the critical need to obtain tissue
samples rather than hair alone. Such should be fresh
blood or possibly minimal shreds of torn skin caught on
Feces are not suitable at the present
time. If such suggestive remains are detected, they
should be collected without contact by human hands
directly into a vial containing 70% alcohol and forwarded
to one of the undersigned investigators (hair to WHF). ( update....that has since changed, I believe Will Duncan has done recent fecal lab testing with interesting results...Short)
Dr. Wolf Henner Fahrenbach, Ph.D.
Primate Research Center
505 NW 185th Ave.
Beaverton, OR, 97006
Dr. P. Fuerst, Ph.D.
Department of Molecular Genetics
Ohio State University
484 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210
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