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Michael Zuk Wants To Clone John Lennon Using His Molar Tooth

08/23/2013 03:15 EDT | Updated 08/23/2013 03:34 EDT

An Alberta dentist wants to bring a legendary rock star back to life.

Michael Zuk wants to clone Beatles legend John Lennon using the star's molar tooth that was purchased in an auction for over $30,000.

The Red Deer based dentist-turned-collector told The Huffington Post that he's serious about his plan to extract genetic material from one of Lennon's rotten molars.

The singer reportedly gave the tooth to his housekeeper in the 1960s, and the housekeeper's daughter kept the tooth before putting it up for auction, according to CTV News.

"I had a bigger picture even then," Zuk said of his plan to extract DNA after purchasing the tooth. "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."

Zuk is working with U.S. researchers to explore the DNA and has sent the tooth to scientists at Penn State University in hopes of sequencing the genetic code, according to The Edmonton Sun.

He's also hoping to secure a film crew willing to make a documentary about the process, he said, but says he is confident it will be easy to find both researchers and filmmakers who are up for the challenge.

"There are a number of scientists around the world who are working on genetic sequencing," he told The Huffington Post. "We're needing less and less genetic material to bring back a mammal."

He also claims to own DNA from celebrities including Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Justin Bieber and Marilyn Monroe, according to the National Post.

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