Canadian dentist Dr Michael Zuk wants to clone Beatles’ legend John Lennon.
The dentist-turned-collector told The Huffington Post that he's serious about his plan to extract genetic material from one of Lennon's molars in order to achieve his ghoulish goal.
Zuk bought a Lennon tooth at a 2011 auction for $31,000, according to Canadian station CTV News. Rolling Stone reported that the star had given his molar to his housekeeper in the 1960s, and it later passed into the hands of her daughter.
"I had a bigger picture even then," Zuk insists. "I knew it was a bit of a long shot, but still not terribly unlikely that a person could get some genetic material from the tooth."
Assuming researchers could extract the material, the next step would be to sequence the DNA of Lennon, who was fatally shot by Mark Chapman outside his home in New York City in 1980.
To "bring someone back from history . . . would be the ultimate expression of science," Luk told HuffPost.
Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, has yet to publicly comment on the matter.
In the meantime, here's John Lennon performing Instant Karma: