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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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

Yes folks, it’s that time again:  Registration is now open for the great ScienceOnline2010 meeting that will take place (as always) in Durham, NC in January.  The program features many great scientists, science bloggers, and science journalists, and promises to be lots of fun. I’ll be running a session with Tom Levenson and Brian Switek…

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). …

London (and much of the U.S.) is currently obsessed with Jade Goody, who is dying of stage 4 cervical cancer at the age of 27 in a very public way: On television. One thing I find amazing is that, in the mountain of media coverage on this (including articles in the New York Times, the Guardian,…

In this Sunday’s Washington Post, I reviewed Hannah Holmes’s book The Well-Dressed Ape.  Overall it was a pretty positive review, but I criticized her for the way she linked testosterone (via left-handedness and ring-finger length) with various traits, including violence, autism, homosexuality, etc (see review for details).  So I was very interested to see this…