The dentist who purchased John Lennon's rotten molar for $31,000 at a2011 auction now has plans for the tooth: He's getting it geneticallysequenced in the hopes of cloning the musician, who died in 1980.
Seriously. Dr. Michael Zuk has started up a website, JohnLennonDNA.com and put out a press release with all the gory details.
"I am nervous and excited at the possibility that we will be able tofully sequence John Lennon's DNA, very soon I hope," Dr. Zuk said in therelease. "With researchers working on ways to clone mammoths, the sametechnology 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," he added.
As Rolling Stone wrote, Lennon had given an extracted molar to ahousekeeper for disposal in the mid-1960s, but the magazine says Lennonalso said she should give the tooth to her Beatles-loving daughter. Sothe tooth became a family heirloom until it was sold in Nov. 2011.
Dr. Zuk has also permitted a fragment from the molar to be put into aclay sculpture of John Lennon created by his sister, which in 2012toured the U.K. to promote the charity Smile Train.
But that's not all; Dr. Zuk's press release goes on to note that the"molar has been busy" since being sold. "It participated in a number ofcharitable ventures" including a line of John Lennon DNA pendants and adocumentary.
Maybe it's time to get the tooth its own agent.