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 Canada.com: 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 JohnLennonTooth.com.

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