Dentist and Moral Values

Dr. Parvin Carter


A Canadian dentist is hoping to clone John Lennon, former Beatles, using DNA from one of the singer’s rotten teeth. Michael Zuk, who bought Lennon’s molar at a 2011 auction, has begun sequencing the former Beatle’s DNA – the first step in a process set out by scientists who propose to clone a woolly mammoth.

Rolling Stone reported that In the mid-1960s, John Lennon gave one of his extracted molars to his housekeeper for disposal — but that was just the beginning of the tooth’s extremely odd journey. Apparently, she passed the tooth to her daughter, who was a big Beatles fan, and the artifact stayed in the family until November 2011, when it sold at auction for more than $30,000.

Give teeth a chance: John Lennon.


“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,” Zuk said. The tooth has already been couriered to a US lab where scientists are “considering ways to extract [its] genetic code”. “I am nervous and excited at the possibility that we will be able to fully sequence John Lennon’s DNA,” Zuk said. “With researchers working on ways to clone mammoths, the same technology certainly could make human cloning a reality.”

Advocates of human therapeutic cloning believe the practice could provide genetically identical cells for regenerative medicine, and tissues and organs for transplantation.
I have serious religious and Non-religious objections for cloning. The main non-religious objection to human cloning is that cloned individuals are often biologically damaged, due to the inherent unreliability of their origin; for example, researchers currently are unable to safely and reliably clone non-human primates. For example, bioethicist Thomas Murray of the Hastings Center argues that “it is absolutely inevitable that groups are going to try to clone a human being. But they are going to create a lot of dead and dying babies along the way.” However, it should also be noted that physical abnormalities occur in naturally born humans as well.
It would be easy to dismiss Zuk as a harmless publicity seeker, except for the fact that his plan could actually happen. In May, for the first time in history, scientists announced they had cloned a human stem cell using a process called nuclear transfer — the same process that gave us Dolly the cloned sheep back in 1997.

Article 11 of UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights asserts that the reproductive cloning of human beings is contrary to human dignity.

I believe besides technico-professional and business competence, the health care worker has ethical responsibilities.

Please write a comment and let me know what you think.


In dentistry experience and Continuing Education are everything. Dr. Parvin Carter has over 30 years of experience in Practicing General Dentistry and 25 years in Orthodontics. She has thousands of hours of advanced training. In 2000, Academy of General Dentistry awarded Dr. Carter a Certificate of Mastership (MAGD) in General Dentistry. According to the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, only 1% of US dentists achieve this high level of advancement. Dr. Carter is a Certified and Preferred Provider of Invisalign. She has successfully treated over 320 patients with Invisalign

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