Robert Lanza was born and grew up in Massachusetts where he first changed the genetics of chicken in his basement. This brought the Harvard Medical School’s researcher attention towards him for which he later appeared at the university with his results of his experiment. He had his mentors in B F Skinner, Jonas Salk and Christiaan Barnard for the next ten years with who he worked with closely. He received BA and MD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania where he was also a Benjamin Franklin Scholar as well as a University Scholar.
Robert Lanza was amongst the team who cloned the world’s first early stage human embryos for the sole purpose of generating embryonic stem cells. He further went on to demonstrate the technique used in pre implantation genetic diagnosis could be used to create embryonic stem cells without the destruction of embryonic.
In 2001, he was the first to clone an endangered species- a Gaur or otherwise called as Indian Bison. Robert Lanza later in 2003 cloned a wild ox from frozen skin cells of a dead animal which had died 25 years ago in a zoo. He along with his team also demonstrated that nuclear transplantation can be used to reverse aging and to generate immune compatible tissues. It also helped in the first organ grown in a laboratory from cloned cells. His team also found a way to cure some forms of blindness using advanced cell technology, which helped in getting stem cells grow into retinal cells. He also won awards like Rave Award from Wired Magazine and in 2006; he won the All Star award for biotechnology from Mass High Tech, a journal.