Los Angeles - A dentist is planning to clone John Lennon from one of his rotten teeth.
Canadian doctor Michael Zuk bought the late star's decaying gnasher for £20 000 (R320 000) at an auction two years ago in Britain and is now hoping - with the help of scientists - to extract the late singer's DNA from it so he can create a genetic copy of the Beatles legend.
Speaking to examiner.com, Dr Zuk said: "If scientists think they can clone mammoths, then John Lennon could be next.
"To potentially say I had a small part in bringing back one of rock's greatest stars would be mind-blowing."
The Beatles rocker - who was shot dead by a crazed fan in New York in 1980 - had given the decomposed molar to his housekeeper Dorothy Jarlett after it was pulled out by a dentist in the 60s.
Doctor Zuk had been using the mouldy tooth to promote cancer awareness but has now sent a chunk of its enamel to the lab for DNA extraction.
He explained: "I am nervous and excited at the possibility that we will be able to fully sequence John Lennon's DNA, very soon I hope.
"Many Beatles fans remember where they were when they heard John Lennon was shot. I hope they also live to hear the day he was given another chance."