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    October 31, 2010

    Evolutionary Biologist Leigh Van Valen Has Died

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    Leigh Van Valen, the fascinating evolutionary biologist who proposed that HeLa cells had evolved into their own species and were no longer human, has died. For those who have a copy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, you can read more about his HeLa theory on p. 215-216 of the book.  You can also read the original news reports about Van Valen’s HeLa theory online here, and more about his fascinating career, and theories, in this NY Times obituary.  Thanks to Carl Zimmer for that obituary link.

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