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Sean Lennon: Bizarre, futuristic, and dystopian


Last year Canadian dentist Michael Zuk handed a rotten molar from The Beatles legend to scientists so they could extract Lennon's unique genetic code.

Zuk - who purchased the tooth for US$30,000 - hopes experts will one day be able to clone the 'Imagine' singer.

However, Lennon's son Sean is unsure of the project and hinted it could end up the subject of legal action.

He tells NME magazine, "It's interesting thinking about what rights we have over our discarded DNA. Cloning in general is a legal area that's bizarre, futuristic and dystopian - and this about my dad's tooth definitely falls into that category."

Sources: 1, 2

bigbrostalin 9th-May-2014 01:06 pm (UTC)
Interesting ? !
hello_samm 9th-May-2014 01:12 pm (UTC)
I feel like Sean has an issue with anything that has to do with his dad but this one is definitely odd.

Edited at 2014-05-09 01:17 pm (UTC)
creative_candy 9th-May-2014 01:31 pm (UTC)
handed a rotten molar

weatherstaff 9th-May-2014 01:34 pm (UTC)
Everyone involved in this needs help. Just let this annoying, racist, abusive, white man stay dead, please, god, please.
jonesingjay 9th-May-2014 01:43 pm (UTC)
he was racist?
jonesingjay 9th-May-2014 02:21 pm (UTC)
i knew about that. i always found that to be rather ignorant.
mrcumberbatch 9th-May-2014 01:40 pm (UTC)
this creep
qween_frostine 9th-May-2014 01:44 pm (UTC)
This is bizarre. But tbh at first I was more disturbed by the rotten molar itself.
whereisthewine 9th-May-2014 01:48 pm (UTC)
Ugh, Sean Lennon. I looked up some of his stuff a few years back out of curiosity and him and his whole group + girlfriend take themselves SO seriously. One of his music videos starts with him coming out of a film or something and this adoring fan comes up and asks him for an autograph and SL sneers at him and brushes him off. You wish, mate.
infidelkast 9th-May-2014 02:27 pm (UTC)
all this fawning over a dead abusive white guy is weird and unnecessary
loonylolydarko 9th-May-2014 02:43 pm (UTC)
I'm still angry that his name is sean tbqh
crackedbelljar 9th-May-2014 03:06 pm (UTC)
Why are you angry that his name is Sean? Genuinely curious.
loonylolydarko 9th-May-2014 04:21 pm (UTC)
it just annoyed me that his name was Sean which sounds so much like John. Just name him John. and I also hated seeing him with kemp muhl. she was cuter with mgg. petty, but thankfully I don't really need to gaf since he's pretty irrelevant

jonesingjay 9th-May-2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
technically, sean is named john though. since sean is the irish form of john.
loonylolydarko 10th-May-2014 01:13 am (UTC)
that's funny, and here I am thinking John and Sean are differently spelled and pronounced, almost like they're not the same!

you sound really annoying, bye
jonesingjay 10th-May-2014 01:22 am (UTC)
just wanted to give you a bit of info.
complisult 9th-May-2014 03:19 pm (UTC)
Uh...people do know that if you clone someone it's not like you get an exact carbon copy of the same person spring forth fully formed like fucking Athena out of Zeus' skull, right? What kind of anti-science fuckery.
ernestinewalker 9th-May-2014 03:48 pm (UTC)

It would be more interesting to analyze the DNA to see what made him so... odd. I mean, the man admitted to suffering from mental illness, but no one knew what it was.

But cloning him? It's not like someone's going to star a Lennon army.
purrsonality 9th-May-2014 04:50 pm (UTC)
This reminds me of the story of Henrietta Lacks. She had a virulent form of cervical cancer and doctors took cell samples from her body to research cervical cancer. She later died from that cancer. The only problem is the doctors never told her or her family that they did that and used her cancer cells for scientific research without informed consent or compensation. It took someone else to tell her family what happened to her cells and they freaked out, thinking that Henrietta herself was alive in a laboratory somewhere, years after they had buried her:


The point is, Sean doesn't need the money and doesn't want a cloned dad. Other people obtained a discarded tissue sample from John without his or his family's consent and want to use it for genetic experimentation and research. That is shady and wrong.

Unfortunately, science has bounded ahead with this research without creating an ethical standard and government is loaded with science-illiterate people who are decades behind in understanding the implications of this research and technology. They are trying to play catch-up after the fact, but a lot of people are getting stepped on.

I don't blame Sean for being pissed, regardless of who his father was.
prophecypro 11th-May-2014 09:20 pm (UTC)
And overdue tbh
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