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    Friday, February 12th, 2010

    Immortal Cells; Moral Issues

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    Today’s Baltimore Sun features a great OpEd by Ruth Faden, director of the bioethics institute at Johns Hopkins, exploring the ethical and moral issues raised […]



    Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

    Countdown to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks & Press Roundup

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    I’ve been posting about my impending book tour, and all the great coverage the book has been getting, on Twitter and Facebook, but thought I’d also post a bit of an update and press round up here, for those who (gasp) don’t spend all of their time in those places.



    Saturday, November 14th, 2009

    Skloot on the Cover of Publishers Weekly & Advance Praise for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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    Big week at Culture Dish: Skloot and “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” on the cover of Publishers Weekly; an excerpt published; early praise from Susan Orlean, Ted Conover, Eric Schlosser, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc and others; and professors respond to The Immortal Life.



    Thursday, November 5th, 2009

    Get a Free Copy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (aka HeLa) to Consider for Course Adoption, While Supplies Last

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    Calling all academics: If you’d like a free advanced copy of my book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, to consider it for course adoption, 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).



    Monday, November 2nd, 2009

    Court Upholds Rights of Scientists and Patients to Challenge Gene Patents

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    A federal district court has just agreed to hear the ACLU’s case against the breast cancer gene patent. When the case was first filed, many legal experts were sure the case would be dismissed due to it’s unusual approach: it claims that the practice of patenting genes is unconstitutional.



    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!



    Sunday, May 17th, 2009

    Patent Dispute Prevents Patients From Getting Promising Drug for Lou Gehrig’s Disease

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    Speaking of the debate over patents interfering with medical care: A promising new drug for treating Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) is not available to patients due to a patent dispute.



    Friday, May 15th, 2009

    New Breast Cancer Gene Lawsuit Aims to End to All Gene Patenting. Will it Succeed?

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    The ACLU has launched a suit against the holder of the breast cancer gene patent with hopes of stopping the practice of gene patenting. Skloot covers the suit, its history, and its odds of success.



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