Dentist Seeks to Clone John Lennon with DNA from Tooth
2013 08 23
By Randee Dawn | Today
Owner of John Lennon’s tooth hopes to clone the late Beatle
The dentist who purchased John Lennon’s rotten molar for $31,000 at a 2011 auction now has plans for the tooth: He’s getting it genetically sequenced in the hopes of cloning the musician, who died in 1980.
Seriously. Dr. Michael Zuk has started up a website, JohnLennonDNA.com 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 Lennon’s 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 rock’s 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.
Read the full article at: today.com
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