It has been almost thirty-three years since the death of John Lennon at the hands of Mark David Chapman, and now, the Canadian dentist who purchased the deceased Beatle’s molar two years ago, is planning to sequence Lennon’s DNA in hopes of cloning him.
In a press release outlining his intention, Dr. Michael Zuk says, “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.”
In the mid-60s, Lennon gave the extracted molar to his housekeeper, who was supposed to dispose of it. However, the tooth was passed along to her daughter, a Beatles fan, at the request of Lennon. The tooth stayed in the family until November 2001, when it was purchased at auction by Dr. Zuk for more than $30,000.
A part of Lennon’s tooth was included in a sculpture created by Kirsten Zuk – sister of Dr. Michael Zuk. (Provided photo)
Last summer, Dr. Zuk let his sister use a small fragment of it in a sculpture of Lennon. The tooth has also toured Britain to promote awareness of oral cancer, made a number of television appearances, and has been featured in a celebrity DNA documentary.
Dr. Zuk’s website dedicated to the John Lennon DNA project may be found on his website.