Imagine Cloning John Lennon, I Wonder If You Can

rocking-toothThe dentist who purchased John Lennon’s rotten molar for $31,000 at a 2011 auction now has plans for the tooth: He’s getting it genetically sequenced in the hopes of cloning the musician, who died in 1980.

Via NBC:

Dr. Michael Zuk has started up a website, and put out a press release with all the gory details.

“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. Zuk said in the release. “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,” he added.

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  • atlanticus

    Okay…I’ll bite…why on earth does this guy assume that Lennon Clone would have any of the musical proclivities or personality of Dead Lennon?

    Is Dr. Zuk planning on raising Baby Lennon Clone as his own son? Will he be raised in Canada? What sort of upbringing will that be? I imagine that Lennon Clone might rebel against the sort of life his evil-doctor-step-dad pushes on him and grow to hate Dead Lennon.

    • InfvoCuernos

      Right? You would think that a dentist would be a little smarter than this.

    • Hocketeer

      The map is not the territory :)

  • Haystack

    Sounds like child abuse to me.

  • BuzzCoastin

    I’d rather have a Rutles clone of Ron Nasty

    • The Well Dressed Man

      The Shitty Beatles? Are they any good?

      • BuzzCoastin

        George Harrison was involved in the project from the beginning.
        John Lennon loved the film and refused to return the videotape and soundtrack he was given for approval.
        All the group and Apple consented to use of the Beatles’ Shea Stadium concert footage, along with other β€œreal” footage cut in with Rutle footage.

  • DeepCough

    Just because you clone John Lennon does not mean you get the John Lennon.
    You may as well hook up the wax John Lennon statue to your mp3 player.

  • bobbiethejean

    We are not ONLY our genetics. We are also our experiences and our memories. Clone Lennon might grow up to become an average, everyday, run of the mill burger-flipper. That’s not even to touch on the extremely dubious ethicality of cloning people. What say do we have in what happens to our genetic material? Personally, I’d be pretty fuckin pissed if someone cloned me. (Not that anyone would want to, I don’t think. General consensus seems to be that one of me is more than enough. πŸ˜›) Certainly, if I were dead I wouldn’t give a shit because….. well….. DEAD! But still, this scenario presents a broad range of ethical questions that have been posed many a time and never really answered. Do we own our genetic makeup?

  • ManwithnoCountry

    Just some dude trying to tranquilize his existential dread.

  • BrianApocalypse

    I look forward to the day when Clone Lennon teams up with Hologram Lennon.

  • Calypso_1

    The tell is in the full article, where it indicates the dentist has previously used celebrity tooth purchases to market dental treatment/device schemes.

  • Bruteloop

    Forget Lennon. Clone Tiny Tim.

  • T-lo

    I wouldn’t trust this guy with dental floss.