Human cloning is about a half-century away from becoming reality. A sheep was cloned in 1996, but here is a large gap between human cloning and animal cloning, according to Dr. Gerry Curatola, founder of rejuvenist dentistry. Curatola states there are many ethical questions as well as the question of the ability to clone a human being.
Curatola was interested in the story of the molar taken from Lennon about 50 years ago, purchased by a dentist in Canada and the cloning idea. He wondered what type of John Lennon the public would have – would he turn out like Beetlejuice?
Curatola states that to clone someone is taking genetic information from one cell and placing it into another cell in a process known as somatic cell-nuclear transfer. For this process to work, you need healthy, pristine, live tissue, according to Curatola. The tooth is able to supply stem cells over a regular cell, making it the perfect candidate for cloning.
The best supply of the stem cells comes from the pulp and nerve section of the tooth. The enamel of a tooth does not host a good supply of any organic matter to enable the act of cloning.
In the case of John Lennon’s 50-year-old tooth, the pulp and nerve have dissolved, leaving very little chance of any stem cell harvesting.
Although it would be miraculous and wonderful to have John Lennon back in our midst, the cloning of the brilliant artist is impossible from a tooth that his housekeeper held on to for at least 50 years.
So, the Canadian dentist seems to have spent his $31,000 for a tooth that is deemed worthless for the cloning procedure. I guess he can still hold bragging rights about having a celeb’s tooth though, if that counts for anything.