Dentist's Plan: Clone John Lennon Using Tooth
Michael Zuk bought the rotting molar for $31K
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2013 10:21 AM CDT
This Feb. 11, 1964 image provided by the David Anthony Fine Art gallery in Taos, N.M., shows a photograph of John Lennon taken by photographer Mike Mitchell.   (AP Photo/David Anthony Fine Art, Mike Mitchell)

(Newser) – Remember when a Canadian dentist bought one of John Lennon's teeth for $31,000 in November 2011? Turns out Michael Zuk wanted to do more with the molar than display it on a shelf. Zuk hopes he can use the decaying tooth to clone the dead Beatle. Seriously. Zuk explains in a press release that he has shipped the tooth to Penn State University, where scientists will hopefully "extract the genetic code."

Next steps: first, scientists figure how to clone mammoths; then Zuk simply applies that technology to Lennon's DNA. No problem! One bummer for Zuk (who also own Elvis Presley's dental crown), per His country banned human cloning in 2004, so he'll have to continue to chase his dream outside its boundaries. Keep up with his effort at

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Aug 23, 2013 8:01 AM CDT
That is the most ignorant and stupid idea I've ever heard. I am a big fan, but there is a BIG difference between a fan to obsessed. Can't we just admire from a distance and leave their family and DNA out of this? Honor him by listening to his music and appreciate what he was trying to say. And why would they auction off one of his teeth? I don't understand people.
Aug 22, 2013 9:59 PM CDT
The next step is to clone the dentist bill?
Aug 22, 2013 2:07 PM CDT
Does it still count for fame if you gun down the clone?