August 22, 2013 9:01

Fan of The Beatles plans to clone John Lennon using DNA from tooth

Dentist Daniel Zuk bought Lennon's molar two years ago for £20,000

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Dentist and Beatles fan Daniel Zuk has said that he plan to clone John Lennon using the DNA from one of the late musician's teeth.

Zuk bought Lennon's tooth for £20,000 at auction in 2011. He told The Sun: "If scientists think they can clone mammoths, then John Lennon could be next. To say I had a small part in bringing back one of rock's greatest stars would be mind-blowing."

He continued: "I'm nervous and excited at the possibility we will be able to fully sequence John Lennon's DNA, very soon I hope. Many Beatles fans remember where they were when they heard John Lennon was shot. I hope they also live to hear the day he got another chance."

Zuk, who is based in Edmonton in Canada, bought the tooth from the son of Lennon's former housekeeper, Dot Jarlett, after it was removed in the late 1960s.

Yesterday Sid Bernstein, the legendary concert promoter who helped bring The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to America, died at the age of 95. Bernstein booked The Beatles for their historic gig at New York's Shea Stadium in 1965, which was the first ever rock concert to be held in a sports stadium. The previous year, he had promoted their shows in New York's famous Carnegie Hall venue on the band's first US tour.

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