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Robert Lanza, M.D.
"Robert Lanza was taken under the wing of scientific giants such as psychologist B.F. Skinner, immunologist Jonas Salk, and heart transplant pioneer Christiaan Barnard. His mentors described him as a ‘genius,’ a ‘renegade thinker,’ even likening him to Einstein himself." - US News & World Report, cover story.

Dr. Robert Lanza is considered one of the leading scientists in the world. He is currently Chief Scientific Officer at Ocata Therapeutics (formerly Advanced Cell Technology), and a professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He has several hundred publications and inventions, and over 30 scientific books: among them, Principles of Tissue Engineering, which is recognized as the definitive reference in the field. Others include One World: The Health & Survival of the Human Species in the 21st Century (Foreword by President Jimmy Carter), and the Handbook of Stem Cells and Essentials of Stem Cell Biology, which are considered the definitive references in stem cell research. Dr. Lanza received his BA and MD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was both a University Scholar and Benjamin Franklin Scholar. He was also a Fulbright Scholar, and was part of the team that cloned the world's first early stage human embryos, as well as the first to successfully generate stem cells from adults using somatic-cell nuclear transfer (therapeutic cloning). Lanza's team was the first to clone an endangered species, to demonstrate that nuclear transfer could reverse the aging process, and to generate stem cells using a method that does not require the destruction of human embryos. In October 2014, Dr. Lanza and his colleagues published a paper in the journal The Lancet, providing the first evidence of the long-term safety and possible biologic activity of pluripotent stem cell progeny into humans with any disease.

Lanza has received numerous awards and other recognition, including Top 50 “World Thinkers 2015 (Prospect Magazine); TIME Magazine’s 2014 Time 100 list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World," the 2013 “Il Leone di San Marco Award in Medicine” (Italian Heritage and Culture Committee, along with Regis Philbin, who received the award in Entertainment), a 2010 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Award for “Translating Basic Science Discoveries into New and Better Treatments”; a 2010 “Movers and Shakers” Who Will Shape Biotech Over the Next 20 Years (BioWorld, along with Craig Venter and President Barack Obama); a 2005 Wired magazine "Rave Award" for medicine “For eye-opening work on embryonic stem cells”, and a 2006 Mass High Tech journal “All Star” award for biotechnology for “pushing stem cells’ future”.

Lanza and his research have been featured in almost every media outlet in the world, including all the major TV networks, CNN, TIME, Newsweek, People Magazine, as well as the front pages of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today, among others. Lanza has worked with some of the greatest thinkers of our time, including Nobel laureates Gerald Edelman and Rodney Porter. Lanza worked closely with B.F. Skinner at Harvard University. Lanza and Skinner (the "Father of modern behaviorism") published a number of scientific papers together. He has also worked with Jonas Salk (discoverer of the Polio vaccine) and heart transplant pioneer Christiaan Barnard.

Entries by Robert Lanza, M.D.

Why the Earth Will Never Be Invaded

(514) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 12:25 PM

Why haven't the Borg invaded the Earth yet? I have watched every episode of Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise, and myriad movies where the Earth is invaded by aliens. I love science fiction. But it is only fiction and will remain so....

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Religion vs. Science's Answers to the Big Questions

(26) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 11:33 AM

Religion and science look at reality differently. One day we found ourselves alive and aware and, around age two an ongoing memory track started recording selective inputs. In fact, years ago I carried out experiments with noted Harvard Psychologist B.F. Skinner (Science, 1981) that showed even animals are capable of...

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What Happened Before Creation?

(24) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 6:40 AM

Everyone knows that something is screwy with the way we visualize the cosmos. Theories of its origins screech to a halt when they reach the very event of interest -- the moment of creation, the "Big Bang."

The current scientific model proposes that the universe is like a watch...

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Did an Outside Entity Create the Universe?

(252) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 5:22 PM

"Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? ... When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" --Job 38:4,7

Was there a creator?

As a child I found myself playing on the center of God's stage. From some hidden celestial...

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Are We Part of a Single Living Organism?

(23) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 8:47 PM

All life can be traced back to some single-celled organism in the early Archean sea. Today − nearly 4 billion years later − you and I find ourselves sharing the planet with elephants and whales, and over 8 million other eukaryotic species. Clearly, we're all interrelated, but are...

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What Is It Like After You Die?

(130) Comments | Posted July 27, 2011 | 8:36 AM

The question, "What is it like after you die?" can make you wonder about taking the time to ponder such philosophical babble. You might reply, "The only way to know is when you die." Not so. You won't know any more than you do now. Increasingly, scientists are beginning to...

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What Is Death?

(231) Comments | Posted May 25, 2011 | 7:00 AM

We all know the biological reason we age and die. Our bodies break down and are discarded like an old car or a worn-out pair of jeans. No one escapes the ravages of time. Or do they?

The big question is why is the universe this way to begin...

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Do We Have a Soul? A Scientific Answer

(159) Comments | Posted April 20, 2011 | 9:05 AM

Does your cat or dog have a soul? What about a flea?

In the last century, science has undergone several revolutions, with profound implications for answering this ancient spiritual question.

Traditionally, scientists speak of the soul in a materialistic context, treating it as a poetic synonym for the mind....

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Can a Tree Consciously Experience the World?

(140) Comments | Posted April 1, 2011 | 8:53 AM

In "Avatar," humans mine a lush moon inhabited by blue-skinned extraterrestrials, the Na'vi, who live in harmony with nature. Human military forces destroy their habitat despite objections that it could affect the bio-network connecting its organisms. On the eve of the big battle, the protagonist Jake communicates via a neural...

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Why Does Life Exist?

(34) Comments | Posted March 2, 2011 | 4:10 PM

For over 10,000 years we've looked to the sky and gods for answers. We've sent spacecraft to Mars and beyond, and continue to build even bigger machines to find the "God" particle. We're like Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz," who went on a long journey in search of the...

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The 8 Biggest Scientific Myths (PHOTOS)

(105) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 9:41 AM

We evolved in the forest roof to collect fruit and berries. True, after millions of years of evolution, we've developed ICBMs and guns, and even flung a piece of metal outside the solar system. But despite SuperColliders containing enough titanium wire to circle the earth 16 times, we've no more...

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Why You Will Always Exist: Time Is 'On Demand'

(964) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 7:48 AM

You've laughed and cried. And you may even fall in love and grow old with someone, only to be ripped apart in the end by death and disease. The universe leaves you dead or grieving with a hole in you as big as infinity.

Are we part of a...

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Experiments: World May Be Influenced by the Future

(195) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 7:45 AM

We've been taught our consciousness -− and everything else in the world -− flows like an arrow in one direction from the cradle to the grave. But an amazing set of experiments suggest the present and the future are entangled, and that events in the future may influence things happening...

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Five Reasons You Won't Die

(627) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 7:55 AM

We've been taught we're just a collection of cells, and that we die when our bodies wear out. End of story. I've written textbooks showing how cells can be engineered into virtually all the tissues and organs of the human body. But a long list of scientific experiments suggests our...

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Could This Theory Provide a Glimpse of Our Ultimate Destiny?

(275) Comments | Posted January 13, 2011 | 8:11 AM

Have you ever wondered what it's really all about? How does this little life of ours fits into the larger picture -- into a reality so huge the Universe itself is but a speck?

We go to and fro our affairs, baking cookies and digging up Sarah Palin bikini...

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Biocentrism and the Existence of God

(412) Comments | Posted January 3, 2011 | 8:04 AM

All human knowledge is relational. What is light without dark? Good without evil? Perhaps free will and determinism, order and chaos, something and nothingness, are simply different sides of the same circle of scientific logic. As science has penetrated the atom, we've discovered that solid matter consists mainly of empty...

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Why Are You Here? A New Theory May Hold the Missing Piece

(2043) Comments | Posted November 12, 2010 | 7:48 AM

Why do you happen to be alive on this lush little planet with its warm sun and coconut trees? And at just the right time in the history of the universe? The surface of the molten earth has cooled, but it's not too cold. And it's not too hot; the...

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Is Death the End? Experiments Suggest You Create Time

(696) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 8:52 AM

When I was young, I stayed at my neighbor's house. They had a grandfather clock. Between the tick and the tock of the pendulum, I lay awake thinking about the perverse nature of time. Mr. O'Donnell is gone now. His wife Barbara, now in her nineties, greets me with her...

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Rethinking the Nature of Life

(42) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 7:00 AM

Is there a higher level of being? Or are we merely a collection of atoms -- more dust spinning around the center of the galaxy?

James Watson, who discovered the structure of DNA, once said: "You've got to be prepared sometimes to do some things that people say you're not...

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Are Dreams an Extension of Physical Reality?

(193) Comments | Posted September 16, 2010 | 7:30 AM

You spend a third of your life sleeping. What if your dreams are real? Perhaps our dismissal of dreams as "just dreams" is based on a misunderstanding of the nature of consciousness and physical reality.

"I am real" said Alice (in Wonderland). "If I wasn't real, I shouldn't be...
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