John Lennon

Dentist who bought John Lennon’s molar wants to use it to clone him

Aug. 22, 2013
Dentist has big plans for the Lennon molar

Just when you think you've heard it all, something else comes along to catch out attention. Remember when Canadian dentist Dr. Michael Zuk bought John Lennon's decayed molar for $31,000 at an auction back in 2011?

The tale continued to unfold when the tooth was turned into a necklace, then sent on a tour of dental practices in the U.K. to promote oral cancer awareness.

But just when we were all about to forget about John Lennon's very expensive molar, along comes the news that its new owner plans to clone the former Beatle by using his tooth.

According to an article in, Dr. Zuk announced his intentions to extract and sequence the late Beatle’s DNA from his molar. He recently agreed to work with U.S. researchers to explore the musician's DNA, and issued a press release detailing his plans. (Get ready to hum along when you open this window.)

According to the release, "Dr. Zuk is standing firm with his conviction that the investment could be one of the best decisions of his life. Zuk says "to potentially say I had a small part in bringing back one of Rock's greatest stars would be mind-blowing."

And while you're catching up with the adventures of John Lennon's tooth, check out Dr. Zuk's blog at

Lfie is full of surprises. Who knew a rotten tooth would bring so much attention?