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‘Elvis Day’ arranged to raise awareness of mouth cancer

Mon

A dental crown made for legendary performer Elvis Presley is being toured across the UK as a dozen dentists are set to take part in ‘Elvis Day’ this May, in order to promote awareness of mouth cancer. The crown was made for Elvis by Memphis dentist Henry J Weiss and the restoration will be on display alongside costumes, music and free mouth cancer screenings for patients. 1,985 people in the UK died from oral cancer in 2010.

The crown was made after Elvis visited the dentist at 10.30pm on August 15th 1977, the day before he passed away at his Graceland home in Memphis, aged 42. The tooth restoration was then bought at auction in February 2012 for $11,000 (about £6,600) by a Canadian dentist who collects celebrity teeth. Dr Michael Zuk has also been making headlines recently as he claimed to be considering cloning singer John Lennon from DNA taken from a wisdom tooth that he also purchased at auction, saying that the clone ‘could be looked at as my son’.

This famous Beatles tooth was also sent to 16 different dental clinics in the UK as part of a similar campaign back in 2012. The tooth was put into a pendant and it toured the surgeries to raise awareness of dental problems, including oral cancers.

Dentist claims that John Lennon can be cloned from his tooth

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The Canadian dentist who bought John Lennon’s rotten molar for nearly £20,000 has claimed that the tooth can now be used to clone the former Beatle and supposedly bring him back to life. Dr Michael Zuk bought the tooth in 2011 and he also says that a similar method could be used to clone Elvis; the two clones could be walking the earth as early as 2040, in his opinion.

In an interview with dentistry site Teethwise, Dr Zuk suggested that the same process used to clone Dolly the Sheep back in 1996 could be used to bring the two singing legends back; he seemed unconcerned about the legal complications, saying ‘Legally, it is not a problem. If something is illegal in one country it’s a matter of crossing a border. Animal cloning still has some glitches they are working out but they are already cloning species. Once the glitches are worked out humans will follow.’

Regarding Lennon’s tooth, Dr Zuk explains that ‘collecting celebrity DNA will be insane in the future as it creates a risk for celebs to have surprise offspring.’ The dentist also seems to have overlooked the moral and ethical complications related to such a task and is more concerned with the media scrutiny that the new ‘John’ would have to endure, saying ‘It could be a little unfair. Whilst some elements of the cloning process would be publicised, it is likely the identity of the child would not initially be disclosed publicly.’

John Lennon’s tooth used in tribute sculpture

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The sister of dentist Dr Michael Zuk, who bought John Lennon’s tooth for £19,000 last November, has been given a small piece of the molar to use as part of a sculpture in tribute to the late musician. Kirsten Zuk has created a clay model of Lennon for the Edmonton Fringe Festival – with any donations going towards the children’s charity Smile Train – and incorporated the tooth into her design. She said ‘I love John Lennon – I’ve been a huge fan all my life. This is like a time-capsule. It will contain his DNA.’

Speaking to Music News, Dr Zuk spoke about his sister’s artwork to try and get some publicity for the charity; ‘Lennon gave his tooth to a fan in good spirit so I wanted to do a few things that would raise awareness of the charity Smile Train, so we are asking people that come to view the sculpture at Kristen’s Art Show this weekend in Edmonton to consider making a donation which helps children with cleft lip and palate.’ The tooth isn’t the only thing related to the former-Beatle that went under the hammer recently, Dr Zuk mentioned that the house Lennon once lived in has just been put up for sale for a rumoured £15million, ‘anything Lennon is almost priceless,’ he added.

The tooth itself went up for auction in Stockport last year and almost doubled its reserve price, after the singer’s housekeeper Dorothy Jarlet held on to it for nearly forty years.

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