DNA & Paternity

DNA From John Lennon’s Tooth Planned As Source Of Beatles Clone

Imagine all the people, living for today… as clones?

Photo credit: Charles LeBlanc via Flickr

Photo credit: Charles LeBlanc via Flickr

A dentist by the name of Michael Zuk announced his plans to start a project to clone Beatles member John Lennon. His DNA source: The singer’s tooth — specifically a rotten molar — which the Canadian dentist bought at an auction in 2011.

“I am nervous and excited at the possibility that we will be able to fully sequence John Lennon’s DNA,” shared Zuk in a news release. He said the tooth was already sent to a cloning laboratory in the US, with the hopes of squeezing out any genetic codes that will potentially become the basis of the clone.

This bit of news came weeks after scientists declared plans to replicate the long-extinct woolly mammoth. “With researchers working on ways to clone mammoths, the same technology certainly could make human cloning a reality,” Zuk said.

The molar was auctioned by the son of Dot Jarlett, who served as Lennon’s housekeeper in Weybridge. Zuk won the bid for a staggering £19,500.

The hopeful dentist is optimistic that people are interested to see the fallen Beatle in the flesh someday. “Many Beatles fans remember where they were when they heard John Lennon was shot. I hope they also live to hear the day he was given another chance,” he said.

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