DNA testing could finally solve one of Scotland’s biggest mysteries by proving once and for all whether the Loch Ness monster exists.

A scientist from New Zealand is planning to gather samples of water from the loch and then screening it for any unusual DNA which could belong to the monster. Professor Neil Gemmell, from the University of Otago, believes forensic techniques and DNA tests could finally detect whether there is an unidentified creature living in Loch Ness.

He said: “We use environmental DNA to monitor marine biodiversity. From a few litres of water we can detect thousands of species.

“All large organisms lose cells as they move through their environment. New genomic technology is sensitive enough to pick this up and we can use comparisons to databases that span the majority of known living things.”

He added: “If there was anything unusual in the loch these DNA tools would be likely to pick up that evidence.”

This is thought to be the first time DNA testing has been used in the search for Nessie. People have spoken of a creature living in Loch Ness for centuries but the idea of the monster first came to worldwide attention in the 1930s.

Since then, there have been numerous sightings but no one has been able to provide concrete scientific evidence of its existence.

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Roland Watson, a keen Nessie researcher, told the Daily Mail that whatever the result some people will continue to believe in the monster.

He said: “There are some monster supporters that would not care about the result because they believe it is something paranormal and so wouldn’t expect to see any DNA.”

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