Rotten tooth the key to cloning John Lennon?
A rotten tooth belonging to late Beatle John Lennon might provide the DNA to bring him back to life, according to a Red Deer dentist who bought the item two years ago.
Michael Zuk paid $36,000 to purchase the tooth, which Lennon had originally given to his housekeeper, from an auction house in the United Kingdom.
Now Zuk wants to find out if researchers can use the tooth to map Lennon’s DNA and possibly clone the famous musician.
"Certainly I see the world as a better place with John Lennon back in it," he said.
Zuk sent the tooth to a group of researchers in June but he declined to tell CBC News where they are or whether they will work with him.
However, the original press release indicated that he sent the tooth to Penn State University.
Zuk admits that he admits the tooth is a gimmick to gain publicity. Last year, he paid $10,000 for a dental crown that belonged to Elvis Presley.
Still, Zuk says he’s a fan of Lennon’s and calls his efforts a way to pay tribute to the late musician.
"He was one of the most beloved rock stars that ever lived," he said. "And I'm just one of the many that respect what he did and the power that he holds."