A Canadian dentist has confirmed his intention to begin attempts to clone John Lennon.
It's silly season. The festival calendar is drawing to a close, and record labels are preparing for September - traditionally, a month whereby time on the road is converted to chart success via a host of new releases.
But this is still fairly ridiculous. The Guardian report that Canadian dentist Michael Zuk is set to begin attempts to clone John Lennon. The medical professional bought the tooth back in 2011 - seemingly, it had been given by Lennon to his Weybridge housekeeper, Dot Jarlett.
Now Michael Zuk intends to allow John Lennon the chance to live his life afresh, with the dentist commenting: "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". (via The Guardian)
Continuing, Zuk explained that the technology used is similar to that employed by scientists attempting to resurrect wooly mammoths. "I am nervous and excited at the possibility that we will be able to fully sequence John Lennon's DNA... With researchers working on ways to clone mammoths, the same technology certainly could make human cloning a reality."
Somewhat bizarrely, the "discoloured molar" is in such poor condition that DNA testing cannot be used to verify its identity. So Michael Zuk could well end up with a clone of something one else - who might even still be alive.
The mind boggles... The news did have one beneficiary, though: the Clash pun team. Perhaps The Beatles should have written 'Gum Together' while John Lennon's solo career would have gotten off to a bang with 'Gimme Some Tooth'
Even Michael Zuk is getting in on the action, penning the spoof track 'Love Me Tooth' to raise awareness of mouth cancer.
You honestly couldn't make it up...
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