Dr. Michael Zuk owns a piece of John Lennon. Soon, he might own his clone.
Dr. Zuk, a native of Alberta, Canada, bought the dead Beatles’ wisdom tooth at an auction two years ago for £20,000 ($33,500 US). Instead of just displaying the tooth like a signed guitar or an original piece of art, Zuk has other plans. He wants to make a John Lennon clone and raise him as his son.
Explaining how he would raise the potential clone, Dr Zuk said: “He would still be his exact duplicate but you know, hopefully keep him away from drugs and cigarettes, that kind of thing.”
Maybe keep him away from crazy people trying to impress Jodie Foster? But sure, drugs and smokes could kill a clone too.
Luckily, cloning doesn’t exist yet. As far as we know. If cloning is possible, Zuk might need to get to planning. There is a guy out there who bought Lennon’s hair and he might already have put the down payments on the procedure.
The good doctor also thinks the Lennon clone could have a claim to the late singer’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.”
You know who I really feel bad for in all this? The good people in Alberta looking for a new dentist.