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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…

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…

Not Dead Yet …

Yes, that’s right, we here at Culture Dish are actually STILL ALIVE! Though you wouldn’t know it from our feed.  <brushing off cobwebs> … After a bit of down time, Culture Dish is back.  The last several months have been jam packed with pre-publication craziness with my book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which…

Researchers have grown a “Living Doll” that looks like some strange mix between Gumbi and a gingerbread man but is actually made of living cancer cells (see above). ¬†According to the New Scientist, the technique used to grow the Gumbi Gingerbread Man “could allow drugs to be tested on more complex tissue structures,” but they’re…

There’s a fascinating story in the new issue of The New Scientist about people’s DNA being tested without their knowledge.  Suspicious spouses are sneaking DNA samples from their partner’s underwear; men and women are covertly testing their children to find out if they’re really biologically related, and several companies have cropped up to help them. …

Welcome to Culture Dish, the Sequel

Yes, it’s true, Culture Dish has found a new (and improved) home. After a long blogging hiatus while I finished writing my book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (see below for details), I’m now packing up shop and moving here to ScienceBlogs (you can subscribe via RSS here, or get Culture Dish updates delivered…