Originally posted by FoosM
So lets inseminate some animals and see what happens
Now a new batch of slime has been discovered at the same site this week, at a time when frogs are not spawning, deepening the mystery further. Fresh samples are now being sent to the museum's experts for analysis.
Dr Hanna Hartikainen, a researcher at the museum who has been conducting experiments on the original slime samples, said: “We had a look under the microscope but it doesn’t really have a much of a structure – it is a gelatinous matrix.
“We extracted some DNA from the jelly and tried to identify where it came from using probes for frog and bird DNA but were not able to find any of those.
“We also used a new technique called Next Generation Sequencing and found a lot of DNA from nematode worms, fungi and bacteria but none that could be the source of the slime, so they were probably just colonising it.
“It is still an unsolved mystery.”