The 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.
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 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.