A Canadian dentist bought John Lennon’s tooth at an auction two years ago as he hopes to extract enough genetic material to create a clone of the late singer, according to the Daily Mail.
No smoking, little John!
Having forked out $33k for the tooth, Dr Zuk is taking his investment seriously, claiming that once he’s created a little John Lennon, he’ll take good care of the boy and raise him as his own. This will include keeping the child away from alcohol and cigarettes.
He’s certain that cloned John Lennon would have a right to stake his claim on the real late Beatle’s fortune once he’s old enough, but in order to make sure cloned Lennon has money to fall back on, he’d give the kid guitar lessons.
The interview with the dentist formed part of a TV series which tracks down body parts of famous people. It’s called “Dead Famous DNA”.
Lennon had given the tooth to his housekeeper in the 60s.
Clones are people two
The cloning of John Lennon (with all respect to the late musician’s family) is a crazy plan. Even if it is theoretically possible to clone an individual, there are many fiction writers who have tackled the likely problems. In Ira Levin’s Boys from Brazil, for example,he plots the cloning of Adolf Hitler, but realises that the clone’s social circumstances must replicate the dictator’s childhood exactly in order to produce the adult version.
Guitar lessons, then, do not another John Lennon make.
Besides being an amusing conversation piece, the cloning debate is an interesting one. For people hoping to have children in this way it may even happen in the future, although there are many debates on the ethics of cloning which may see the delay of research.
Cloning humans could produce clones which would be useful in producing personalised drugs which could be used to treat certain diseases, and clones could also be used to produce organs or other tissue for transplant purposes. The “farming” of cloned humans is, however, still very much doomed to remain in science fiction books rather than in actual laboratories…
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Which person from history would you clone and raise as your own if you could?