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    Saturday, October 31st, 2009

    U of Akron Requires DNA from Potential Employees; Feds Open Public Comment Period on Federal Law Protecting DNA

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    An adjunct instructor at the University of Akron quits when he’s told he must submit to DNA testing; the government drafts new proposed legislation protecting the privacy of genetic information – it’s open for public comment until the end of November.



    Thursday, October 29th, 2009

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Book Tour – Bring HeLa to Your Town

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    Skloot will be speaking about her new book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (aka HeLa), at universities, scientific organizations, bookstores, book groups, high schools, and more as part of a grass-roots, 3-month book tour (starting 2/2/10). See her interactive tour map to help bring the story of HeLa and the ethics of tissue culture to your town.



    Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

    How to Prevent Obesity in Your Pet

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    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 to answer the many questions I got by email and in the comments here.



    Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

    The Insanity of the FDA Approved Obesity Drug for Dogs

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    Slentrol, the FDA-approved obesity drug for dogs, really makes me cringe. Why? Because dogs don’t have eating disorders — their owners have feeding disorders.



    Monday, October 26th, 2009

    Time to Register for ScienceOnline2010!

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    Yes folks, it’s that time again: Registration is now open for the great ScienceOnline2010 meeting …



    Sunday, October 25th, 2009

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Book Tour – Bring HeLa to Your Town

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    Skloot has just launched an interactive map as part of organizing a grass-roots tour for her upcoming book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. She […]



    Sunday, October 25th, 2009

    Agoraphobia Service Monkey Lawsuit Rejected; Seizure Alert Ferret Kicked Out of Mall

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    Today was a big day for non-canine service animal news: Service ferret kicked out of mall; agoraphobia monkey suit rejected by courts. Follow on my New York Times Magazine article, Creature Comforts.



    Saturday, October 24th, 2009

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – A Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick

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    More exciting news for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks:  It was just selected as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick for […]



    Monday, October 5th, 2009

    Today: Nobel Prize Awarded for Telomerase Discovery, and the 58th Anniversary of Henrietta Lacks’s Death

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    It’s fitting that today — the day after the 58th anniversary of Henrietta Lacks‘s death — the Nobel Prize in medicine has been awarded to […]



    Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Gets Starred PW Review and a Shiny New Cover

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    In a starred pre-publication review, Publishers Weekly calls The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (about HeLa, by yours truly), “a remarkable debut … a rich, resonant tale of modern science, the wonders it can perform and how easily it can exploit society’s most vulnerable people.” See post for full review, and the book’s shiny new cover!



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