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Dentist Plans To Raise John Lennon Clone As His Son

Back in August 2013, Music Feeds reported on Canadian dentist Michael Zuk, who purchased a molar belonging to Beatles legend John Lennon at an auction for nearly $33,000 with the intention of cloning its DNA. Dr Zuk has now claimed he wishes to raise the cloned Lennon as his son.

Eight months on from when news of Dr Zuk’s intentions first broke, the Alberta native has told the UK’s Channel 4 that he still plans on cloning Lennon once technology permits. “He could be looked at as my son but I don’t think I would be the one, you know, owning his property,” Dr Zuk explained.

“He would have the rights when he was old enough to make a claim,” he added. Dr Zuk emphasised the potential market value of a successful extraction of Lennon’s DNA, or that of other famous figures, saying, “If there is enough DNA to sequence it, it could be basically genetic real estate.”

Like any good parent, Dr Zuk intends to keep Lennon Jr away from bad and corrupting influences, telling Channel 4, “He would still be his exact duplicate but you know, hopefully keep him away from drugs and cigarettes, that kind of thing. But you know, guitar lessons wouldn’t hurt anyone right?”

He also hasn’t ruled out making more than one copy, saying, “Well, if it works once it’s going to work again, right?” But as the Daily Mail writes, Zuk concedes that technology has a ways to go before it can provide a clone of John Lennon, saying, “Animal cloning still has some glitches they are working out but they are already cloning species. Once the glitches are worked out, humans will follow.”

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