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    Thursday, July 1st, 2010

    First Experiment to Attempt Prevention of Homosexuality in Womb? Really?

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    A study involving off-label use of dexamethasone in pregnant women (without IRB oversight) is being called “The First Experiment to Attempt Prevention of Homosexuality.” Is it?



    Monday, May 31st, 2010

    More on Henrietta Lacks’s New Grave Marker

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    Anyone interested in Henrietta Lacks and the grave marker finally placed on her long unmarked grave this weekend should click here immediately for a beautiful post by scientist David Kroll, who attended the unveiling ceremony and took many photos.



    Saturday, May 29th, 2010

    A Historic Day: Henrietta Lacks’s Long Unmarked Grave Finally Gets a Headstone

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    Henrietta Lacks (aka HeLa) has been lying in an unmarked grave since her death in 1951. Today, thanks to Dr. Roland Pattillo at Morehouse School of Medicine, who donated a headstone for her after reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, her grave is officially marked. Photo included.



    Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

    Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks FAQ #2: Did Skloot really flunk high school?

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    As part of an ongoing series answering FAQs about her book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Skloot dishes on the fact that yes, it’s true, she flunked high school.



    Monday, April 5th, 2010

    Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks FAQ#1: How did Skloot learn about HeLa cells?

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    As part of an ongoing series answering FAQs about her book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Skloot talks about how she first learned about the cells at 16 and why they grabbed her enough to spend decades writing a book about them.



    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, January 23rd, 2010

    Join Culture Dish for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Book Launch Event

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    Are you in New York? Anywhere near New York? If so … mark your calendars and come join us for the PUBLIC BOOK LAUNCH EVENT we’ve all been waiting for (well, at least we here at Culture Dish have been waiting for it … plus a few other folks)



    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.



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