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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…

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),…

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…

Lots of excitement and news about my book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (aka HeLa), which hits stores February 2nd (after ten years in the works). It just got a starred review in Publishers Weekly and in Booklist, and was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers title for Spring 2010.…

How to Prevent Obesity in Your Pet

Because of the flood of responses I got to yesterday’s post on The Insanity of the FDA Approved Obesity Drug for Dogs, I thought I’d start a series of follow up posts answering the many questions I got by email and in the comments here. The most common question was, Okay, so the drug is…

Today was a big day for non-canine service animal news, which I keep tabs on here as part of ongoing follow up to my New York Times Magazine article, Creature Comforts, about the use of non-canine service animals (which include ducks, monkeys, horses, goats, and at least one kangaroo).  The biggest news is that a…

Lots of excitement here at Culture Dish:  The final cover for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has arrived (see left). And … <drum roll> … the the book’s first pre-publication review has hit the press:  In the issue coming out this Monday, Publishers Weekly gives The Immortal Life a starred review, calling it, “a…

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…

Speaking of the debate over patents interfering with medical care, there’s a story in today’s New York Times that mentions the drug Iplex, which has shown promise for treating Lou Gehrig’s disease – a deadly and thus far untreatable degenerative disease (also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).  From the article:

I’m pleased to announce that, starting in May 2009, I’ll be writing a weekly science and health column for Slate’s new Double X Magazine. I’ll be covering any and all science that might be of interest to women (note: I won’t just be covering science about specific female issues — though I’ll definitely cover those). …