Dentist hopes to clone John Lennon using ex-Beatles tooth

A man who bought John Lennon’s tooth at an auction two years ago is now hoping to clone the music icon using DNA from the molar.

<br />“If scientists think they can clone mammoths, then John Lennon could be next,” Canadian dentist Dr. Michael Zuk told The Examiner.

Zuk made headlines when he bought the ex-Beatle’s tooth for $30,000 at auction in 2011.

At the time, he said: “Most people would say I was crazy, but I think it’s fantastic.”

And now we know why.

Zuk, from Edmonton, Canada, has launched a project to extract the DNA from the rotten tooth which Lennon – who was shot dead in New York in 1980 – gave his housekeeper in the 1970s.

“To potentially say I had a small part in bringing back one of rock’s greatest stars would be mind-blowing,” Zuk told The Examiner.

“I am nervous and excited at the possibility that we will be able to fully sequence John Lennon’s DNA, very soon I hope. With researchers working on ways to clone mammoths, the same technology certainly could make human cloning a reality.”

Since buying the tooth, Zuk has used it to promote cancer awareness and it has featured in TV programs about DNA.

The dentist, who has also written a song in honor of the tooth, has a website for fans to track the progress of the project.

This story originally appeared on news.com.au.

via NYPOST.com



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