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Dentist to clone John Lennon

2013-08-22 19:30

Los Angeles  - A dentist is planning to clone John Lennon from one of his rotten teeth.

Canadian doctor Michael Zuk bought the late star's decaying gnasher for £20 000 (R320 000) at an auction two years ago in Britain and is now hoping - with the help of scientists - to extract the late singer's DNA from it so he can create a genetic copy of the Beatles legend.

Speaking to, Dr Zuk said: "If scientists think they can clone mammoths, then John Lennon could be next.

"To potentially say I had a small part in bringing back one of rock's greatest stars would be mind-blowing."

The Beatles rocker - who was shot dead by a crazed fan in New York in 1980 - had given the decomposed molar to his housekeeper Dorothy Jarlett after it was pulled out by a dentist in the 60s.

Doctor Zuk had been using the mouldy tooth to promote cancer awareness but has now sent a chunk of its enamel to the lab for DNA extraction.

He explained: "I am nervous and excited at the possibility that we will be able to fully sequence John Lennon's DNA, very soon I hope.

"Many Beatles fans remember where they were when they heard John Lennon was shot. I hope they also live to hear the day he was given another chance."

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