Thursday, August 22, 2013

Dentist Wants to Clone John Lennon Using DNA Extracted from a Tooth


People fantasizing about a Beatles comeback tour might yet see their dream come true, all thanks to Dr. Michael Zuk. This dentist is the proud owner of one of John Lennon's teeth, and plans to use it to clone the musician.

By the looks of it, Dr. Michael Zuk came in possession of the tooth in 2011. At that time, he purchased the molar at an auction organized in the United Kingdom, and paid about $30,000 (€22,424) for it.

According to The Inquisitr, the dentist is now working alongside scientists in the United States, who are helping him figure out a way to extract DNA from the tooth without damaging it in the process.

This DNA would serve to bring back John Lennon. Apparently, Dr. Michael Zuk hopes that his project will snowball into a scientific and pop-cultural revolution.

“To potentially say I had a small part in bringing back one of Rock's greatest stars would be mind-blowing.”

“I am nervous and excited at the possibility that we will be able to fully sequence John Lennon's DNA, very soon I hope,” the dentist reportedly commented on the importance of his work.

Oddly enough, Dr. Michael Zuk's confidence in the success of his scientific project stems from the fact that quite a lot of researchers are now trying to perfect a method of cloning mammoths.

The dentist says that, as long as science manages to bring these long-lost creatures back to life, there is no reason why the same technological advances could not be used to resurrect rock legends.

“With researchers working on ways to clone mammoths, the same technology certainly could make human cloning a reality,” he says.

“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 adds.

For the time being, Dr. Michael Zuk has chosen not to disclose too many details concerning how the process of cloning John Lennon will unfold. Here's hoping he'll soon release some more information.