Would you like to see John Lennon cloned back to life from a manky tooth?
THANKS to a preserved rotten tooth, a Canadian dentist wants to bring back the late John Lennon back via the scientific miracle of cloning.
Edmonton tooth-botherer, Michael Zuk, claims he has sent the Beatle molar (which he bought at an auction last year for $31,000) to Penn State University, where he says “scientists are considering ways to extract the genetic code from the fragile specimen.”
Zuk is giddy about it all too, sending out a press release to media outlets.
“I am nervous and excited at the possibility that we will be able to fully sequence John Lennon’s DNA, very soon I hope,” he says. “With researchers working on ways to clone mammoths, the same technology certainly could make human cloning a reality.”
Zuk obtained the tooth, buying a bunch of Alan McGee’s old tat. McGee, apparently got the tooth from the family of Dorothy (Dot) Jarlett, who was Lennon’s housekeeper. Lennon gave her his manky tooth as a present.
“She was very close with John,” said Dot’s son, Barry, in an interview with CNN, “and one day whilst chatting in the kitchen, John gave my mother the tooth and suggested giving it to my sister as a souvenir, as she was a huge Beatles fan. It has been in the family ever since.”
Zuk also owns a dental crown belonging to Elvis Presley, so this could get weird.
“Many Beatles fans remember where they were when they heard John Lennon was shot,” says Zuk in his press release. “I hope they also live to hear the day he was given another chance.”
It’ll be just like starting over.