Michael Zuk is certainly not shy about sharing his plans for his new science experiment; he put out a press release and launched a website indicating his plan. Zuk hopes to “fully sequence” the late Beatles star’s DNA.
“I am nervous and excited at the possibility that we will be able to fully sequence John Lennon’s DNA, very soon I hope. With researchers working on ways to clone mammoths, the same technology certainly could make human cloning a reality,” said Zuk.
The tooth itself has had a long, odd journey. In the 1960s, Lennon gave the extracted molar to his housekeeper so she could throw it out. However, Lennon remembered that her daughter was a big Beatles fan, so he suggested she give it to her daughter. The tooth stayed in the family until November 2011, when Zuk bought it at a UK auction for over $30,000. Last year, Zuk let his sister use a bit of the tooth in an art piece—a clay sculpture of Lennon’s likeness. It also toured the U.K. to promote mouth cancer awareness.