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Rebecca Skloot

As some of you may have noticed, things have been a weeeeeeee bit quiet here at Culture Dish.  This is what happens when a person embarks on a totally insane book tour.  I’ve been on the road for two months straight since the publication of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, giving talks, signing books,…

Immortal Cells; Moral Issues

Today’s Baltimore Sun features a great OpEd by Ruth Faden, director of the bioethics institute at Johns Hopkins, exploring the ethical and moral issues raised by The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and its relevance to the current debate over health care reform.  In it she says, among other things:

A quick post as I run out the door for the teeveey studio: Set your TiVos and your DVRs, mark your calendars: Tonight I’ll be on ABC World News talking about my new book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  The segment will also feature members of Henrietta’s family, and Vincent Racaniello with lots, and…

After ten long years, the serious countdown has begun for the publication of my book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which will be on sale nationwide exactly SEVEN DAYS from today.  I’ve been posting about my impending book tour, and all the great coverage the book has been getting, on Twitter and Facebook, but…

I’ve been meaning to post about this for several weeks, but as we all know, things have been a weee bit hectic. But now, finally:  News on the informed consent for using tissues in research front.

Are you in New York?  Anywhere near New York? If so … mark your calendars and come join us for the PUBLIC BOOK LAUNCH EVENT we’ve all been waiting for (well, at least we here at Culture Dish have been waiting for it … plus a few other folks):  In an evening emceed by Jad…

Big week here at Culture Dish! The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and its author (yours truly) were on the cover of Publishers Weekly (please note: THRILLED!). Inside that issue was a profile of me with some of book’s backstory, a short excerpt from the book (longer excerpt coming soon in O, the Oprah Magazine),…

Calling all academics: If you’d like a free advanced copy of my book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, get thee to Random House’s academic blog and request a copy quick, while supplies last (which probably won’t be long at the rate things are going). See below for more information on the book, and advanced…

Some interesting news about the breast cancer patent lawsuit I wrote about for Slate’s Double X Magazine a few months ago:  A federal district court has just agreed to hear the case. When the lawsuit was first filed, many legal experts I talked to said they were sure the case would get thrown out of…

Inside Higher Ed just reported that an adjunct instructor at the University of Akron quit when he was told that he had to submit to DNA testing. “It’s not enough that the university doesn’t pay us a living wage, or provide us with health insurance,” the instructor said, “but now they want to sacrifice the…