John Lennon’s music has inspired untold millions around the world. But what would happen if the legendary deceased rocker got an encore?
According to a press release, the Canadian dentist who bought Lennon’s tooth for more than $30,000 at a UK auction in 2011 is teaming up with U.S scientists to crack his genetic code, with an eye toward cloning him at some point down the road.
“I am nervous and excited at the possibility that we will be able to fully sequence John Lennon's DNA, very soon I hope,” Dr. Michael Zuk said. “With researchers working on ways to clone mammoths, the same technology certainly could make human cloning a reality.”
"To potentially say I had a small part in bringing back one of rock's greatest stars would be mind-blowing,” Zuk said.
The details of the scientific research are kept under wraps. According to San Francisco Gate, Zuk is working with a team of researchers at Penn State University on the project.
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As previously reported, Zuk won the tooth back in 2011 after putting in a winning bid of $31,200 at an auction hosted by Omega Auction House.
CNN reported that Lennon gave the tooth to his housekeeper, Dorothy “Dot” Jarlett, who worked for the famous rocker from 1964-1968 at his home in Weybridge, Surrey.
"She was very close with John, and one day whilst chatting in the kitchen, John gave my mother the tooth (he had been to the dentist to have it removed that day) and suggested giving it to my sister as a souvenir, as she was a huge Beatles fan," Jarlett’s son, Barry, said. "It has been in the family ever since."
While human cloning was banned in Canada in 2004, there are currently no laws specifically prohibiting human cloning in the United States.
“Many Beatles fans remember where they were when they heard John Lennon was shot,” Zuk said. “I hope they also live to hear the day he was given another chance.”