Dentist Seeks to Clone John Lennon with DNA from Tooth
2013-08-23 0:00

By Randee Dawn | Today

Owner of John Lennonís tooth hopes to clone the late Beatle

The dentist who purchased John Lennonís rotten molar for $31,000 at a 2011 auction now has plans for the tooth: Heís getting it genetically sequenced in the hopes of cloning the musician, who died in 1980.

Seriously. Dr. Michael Zuk has started up a website, and put out a press release with all the gory details.

"I am nervous and excited at the possibility that we will be able to fully sequence John Lennonís DNA, very soon I hope," Dr. Zuk said in the release. "With researchers working on ways to clone mammoths, the same technology certainly could make human cloning a reality."

"To potentially say I had a small part in bringing back one of rockís greatest stars would be mind-blowing," he added.

As Rolling Stone wrote, Lennon had given an extracted molar to a housekeeper for disposal in the mid-1960s, but the magazine says Lennon also said she should give the tooth to her Beatles-loving daughter. So the tooth became a family heirloom until it was sold in Nov. 2011.


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