Liverpool - Canadian dentist Dr. Michael Zuk, during an episode of "Dead Famous DNA" Thursday on Channel 4, announced plans to use DNA to create a clone-baby of Beatle John Lennon whom he would raise.
Zuk would introduce the new John Lennon to guitar lessons in music but try to keep him off drugs and cigarettes. However, the good doctor’s humanitarian interests in blessing the world of music with a second John Lennon are tempered by his ambition to make millions of dollars from Lennon’s dental DNA.
“If there is enough DNA to sequence it, it could be basically genetic real estate,” Zuk said. The Canadian dentist purchased Lennon’s molar for $33,000 at an auction he attended about three years ago.
It is not clear whether Zuk’s argument that owning the tooth gives him the rights to Lennon’s DNA would hit a sour note in the legal industry.
“I think I can, because of the laws,” Dr. Zuk said. “Depends on where you do these things. If it can’t be done in one country, you can do these things in another. To have John Lennon’s DNA sequence outside of the family protection to me, and full access to it, is worth millions.”
Taking a clue from the original John Lennon’s life, Zuk plans to steer the Lennon clone clear of addictions while exposing him to the world of music early on, including guitar and voice lessons.
“He would still be his exact duplicate but you know, hopefully keep him away from drugs and cigarettes, that kind of thing,” Zuk said. “But you know, guitar lessons wouldn’t hurt anyone right?”
While even a John Lennon clone probably “can’t buy me love,” it would be interesting “Starting Over.”
Should Zuk be successful in his bid to clone the famous Beatle, as sure as the Tooth Fairy will want a raise, a Picasso and a Mozart would be in the oven quicker than you can “Imagine.”