In 2001, a cover story in U.S. News & World Report described how an underprivileged preteen in Massachusetts “caught the attention of Harvard Medical School researchers when he showed up on the university steps having successfully altered the genetics of chickens in his basement…His mentors described him as a ‘genius,’ a ‘renegade thinker,’ even likening him to Einstein.”
Jump a few years, and Robert Lanza would have a University of Pennsylvania M.D. and be a member of the team that cloned the world’s first early stage human embryos with an eye to generating embryonic stem cells. Where do you go from there?
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