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Elvis’s crown hits the road for dental tour of UK


After announcing last month that a crown belonging to the late Elvis Presley is to go on a tour of dental clinics, the tooth restoration has finally taken to the road to raise awareness of mouth cancer, travelling across eleven locations throughout the UK to support the cause.

Dubbed The King’s Crown, the porcelain restoration will go on tour with Elvis lookalikes after it was arranged by Dr Michael Zuk, the Canadian dentist who purchased the crown. The King’s tooth was bought for £6,500 at an auction in 2013; Dr Zuk also purchased one of John Lennon’s extracted wisdom teeth to add to his collection.

The crown’s first stop will be in Malvern, Worcestershire, where dentist Karen Sutton called it ‘a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.’ She added ‘We are doing this as a way of raising awareness of mouth cancer which currently kills five people a day in the UK’ and encouraged patients to visit to see the crown and get their teeth checked out. After its stay in Malvern, the tooth will travel to ten other locations across the United Kingdom, including London, Glasgow and Edinburgh. It travels with five letters of authenticity, from the wife and sons of the dentist that Elvis visited, as well as confirmation from Joe Esposito, Presley’s road manager.

Dentist wants to clone John Lennon from tooth DNA


A Canadian dentist who bought the extracted wisdom tooth of former Beatle John Lennon is hoping to extract enough DNA from the molar to clone the singer.

Dentist Michael Zuk spoke to host Mark Evans for the Channel 4 programme Dead Famous DNA, saying ‘If there is enough DNA to sequence it, it could be basically genetic real estate. My goal is to own John Lennon’s DNA.’ Zuk revealed that he would like to clone the legendary artist and raise him as his son, explaining that ‘he could be looked at as my son but I don’t think I would be the one, you know, owning his property, he would have the rights when he was old enough to make a claim.’

When asked if he would like the clone to become a musician, Zuk answered that he would try to ‘keep him away from drugs and cigarettes’ and joked that providing guitar lessons ‘wouldn’t hurt anyone.’

Dr Zuk did not seem too concerned with the moral or ethical objections to cloning a dead rock star and instead concentrated on the laws surrounding cloning, saying ‘I think I can… depends where you do these things. If it can’t be done in one country you can do these things in another. To have John Lennon’s DNA sequence outside of the family protection, to me… it is worth millions.’

Dentist claims that John Lennon can be cloned from his tooth


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.’

Dentist plans John Lennon clone using tooth DNA


Canadian dentist Dr Michael Zuk hit the headlines last year when he purchased John Lennon’s wisdom tooth at auction for around £20,000; the rotten molar had been removed in the 60’s and was left with the housekeeper Dot Jarlett, before coming up for auction in 2012. Dr Zuk, an enthusiastic collector of Beatles memorabilia, has decided to go one step further and is considering cloning the song-writer using DNA from the extracted tooth.

Dr Zuk believes that he could create a Lennon clone with the DNA, and a little help from a team of scientists; he told The Examiner that advances in scientific technology have already cloned mammoths, so using the same techniques for human cloning should not be too much of a leap. Dr Zuk is feeling confident about the theory, saying ‘I am nervous and excited at the possibility that we will be able to fully sequence John Lennon’s DNA, very soon I hope. With researchers working on ways to clone mammoths, the same technology certainly could make human cloning a reality.’

He went on to say that the prospect of Lennon ‘re-born’ would be incredible, adding ‘to potentially say I had a small part in bringing back one of rock’s greatest stars would be mind-blowing.’

The tooth is currently on tour across the world to promote cancer awareness.

John Lennon’s tooth used in tribute sculpture


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.

Dentist adds the King’s crown to his collection


The Canadian dentist who bought John Lennon’s rotten molar for $30,000 has added another famous dental item to his collection – the spare crown that Elvis took on tour in case he damaged his front teeth, complete with plaster mould of the King’s jaws. It has not yet been revealed how much Dr Michael Zuk paid for the item, but he admitted that his wife was not too happy with his decision to bid on the crown, urging him not to waste his money on ‘another stupid tooth’.

Despite his wife’s misgivings, Dr Zuk couldn’t help himself when the Elvis memorabilia came up for auction yesterday in Stockport, he collected this piece and the extracted tooth of Beatles legend John Lennon because he feels that the two men where important icons that should be remembered. Since purchasing the crown, Dr Zuk has been asked to take part in a documentary about celebrity DNA, to discuss the significance of the dental artefact in relation to popular culture.

Dr Zuk is also thought to be selling limited edition commemorative prints of the Lennon molar under the banner of ‘Rot Star Art’, which will go on sale as a celebration of the Beatles arriving in the US in February 1964. The molar – which also has its own Twitter following – is currently being considered for the Guinness book of records, as long as it can be cross-referenced with the DNA of a living relative, to ensure its origins.

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