Canadian dentist Dr. Michael Zuk has previously said that he wants to clone John Lennon from a molar he bought at auction by figuring out how to “fully sequence” Lennon’s DNA. Now he claims he has a plan on how to rear the bogus Beatle, according to NME.
In an interview with the U.K.’s Channel 4, the dentist said that the clone “could be looked at as my son.” Were cloning technologies made available to him – and the NME reports that he has come to terms with the fact that they are indeed not – he would want to raise Lennon II as his own. That said, he would want to encourage some behavioral changes. “He would still be his exact duplicate but you know, hopefully keep him away from drugs and cigarettes, that kind of thing,” Dr. Zuk said. “But you know, guitar lessons wouldn’t hurt anyone right?”
But beyond hoping that the prefab four member would be able to replicate the songwriting genius as the man who grew the tooth in the first place, he thinks the clone would be able to assume control of Lennon’s entire persona. It (he?) could even claim Lennon’s estate. “I don’t think I would be the one, you know, owning his property, he would have the rights when he was old enough to make er, make a claim,” Dr. Zuk said.
Speaking from a place of extreme and inexplicable hope, Dr. Zuk said that he would hope that Lennon would be cloned several times. “Well, if it works once, it’s going to work again, right?” he said.
When Rolling Stone first reported on the tooth going to auction, the molar was reported to be too fragile for DNA verification that it actually came from Lennon’s jaw. He had reportedly given one of his housekeepers his molars to be thrown away at some point in the Sixties, but apparently had a change of heart. Instead, he asked her to pass the relic to her daughter as a gift. Now it’s the gift that, to Dr. Zuk, could keep on giving.