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Rebecca Skloot

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As I said  yesterday on Twitter, a big conflict of interest and transparency problem has arisen on ScienceBlogs. Like several other bloggers here, I’m now on a hiatus, however like like David Dobb’s and Blake Stacy’s, my hiatus from ScienceBlogs will be permanent. I’ve been contemplating a move from ScienceBlogs for a while for several…

I’ve been working for a while to develop a Frequently Asked Questions page to answers the most common reader questions about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  Well, it’s now online, and it addresses questions ranging from why HeLa cells are immortal to how the Lacks family is benefiting from the book. It also includes…

A press release landed in my inbox today with this headline, which raised my eyebrows (as it was obviously intended to do): “First Experiment to Attempt Prevention of Homosexuality in Womb.”  It starts with this quote from Alice Dreger, a Northwestern University bioethicist: “This is the first we know in the history of medicine that…

Anyone interested in Henrietta Lacks and the grave marker finally placed on her long unmarked grave this weekend should click here immediately for a beautiful post by scientist David Kroll, who attended the unveiling ceremony.  It’s filled with beautiful photos of the day, and a tribute to all Henrietta’s cells did for science.  His photo below…

Today is a very exciting day:  Henrietta Lacks (aka HeLa) has been lying in an unmarked grave since her death in 1951. Today, thanks to Dr. Roland Pattillo at Morehouse School of Medicine, who donated a headstone after reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, her grave is finally marked.  Below, a snapshot of some…

Things have been a bit quiet here as I finished up my crazy four-month-long book tour, and there’s much to catch up on.  First, some big news just in: Oprah, Alan Ball, and HBO are going to be making a movie version of my book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  This news has gotten…

I’m posting answers to FAQs about my book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, as an ongoing series on this blog.  In my last FAQ post, I told the story of how I first learned about HeLa cells at sixteen.  A related question I often get has to do with this one sentence in the…

I mentioned a while ago that I’ll be posting answers to FAQs about my book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, as an ongoing series on this blog. I thought I’d start the FAQs with one of the most commonly asked questions: How did you learn about Henrietta and the HeLa cells, and why did…

People often ask whether the Lacks family has joined me for any of my book tour events, and how they feel about the book.  Here, in the first of what will be several trailers of The Immortal Book Tour, you can see bits of the tour, including the blizzard that nearly prevented me from getting…