Thursday, June 17, 2010

Kathleen Dunn talks to Rebecca Skloot on WPR

Earlier this month on the Go Big Read Blog, we let you know that Rebecca Skloot was going to WPR with Kathleen Dunn. Dunn concentrates on the book and author in the first half, asking Skloot questions about the writing the book and her relationship with the Lacks family. Listeners then get a chance to call on so Skloot can expound on some confusing and complicated issues that arise out of story, like the relationship between minorities and medicine, the evolution and consequences of informed consent and the tricky business of donor reimbursement. Towards the end of the interview Dunn mentions Oprah is interested in making a HBO movie based on Henrietta’s life. Skloot explains that the production crew will include input Skloot and Lacks family, which is really exciting for everyone. For more brief summary of the movie news, check out Skloot’s blog, Culture Dish. Dunn’s is brief interview explores a wide range of subjects related to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks that will get anyone excited.

Friday, June 11, 2010

5 reasons Henrietta Lacks is the most important woman in medical history

According to Popular Science, Feb. 1, 2010, 276(2), p. 81. This is the sort of summary that the public is reading on "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Each item has a number of talking points in terms of HeLa cells and their role in scientific research. And as readers of the book know, the people involved in the research, and the Lacks family play as important a role in the trajectory of the story as the cells themselves.

If on campus, this takes you to the FindIt where you can get the half page of full text.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

HeLa and Henrietta

Rebecca Skloot has been all over the air waves—tv and radio—talking about her recently published book and UW-Madison’s Go Big Read for 2010, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. She has been the guest on a wide range of shows, from Fresh Air with Terry Gross to the Colbert Report. Two shows, WNYC’s Radiolab and SETI’s “Are We Alone?”, talk to Rebecca Skloot about her book while looking closely at the science of the never-ending cellular production. Read more »

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Related books, dissertations & theses

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UW-Madison dissertations & theses:

UC Berkely's Freshman Get DNA Kits

UC Berkely wants their freshmen to discover what they are made of, literally. The Los Angeles Times reports that Berkely is sending DNA genetic testing kits to their incoming class, about 5500 students, as part of the campus collective event. Three genes—lactose, folic acid and alcohol—will be tested and the results will be available to students online. When the students arrive to campus, there will be lectures by faculty about what the results mean and any student can get one-on-one counseling. Genetics professor Jasper Rine explains that these genes were chosen so “a student could either ignore what they learned, and be no worse off than they were before, or could use the information constructively if they choose, such as to tune their intake of dairy products.” These genes are basically harmless and the results should not be traumatic to the students. Read more »

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Wisconsin Public Radio- Skloot & Dunn-Wed. June 2nd.

On Wednesday, June 2nd, Kathleen Dunn will be interviewing Rebecca Skloot, author of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Skloot was also interviewed earlier this year, on Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know? (March 13, 2010). Skloot and Dunn will be on a little after 10:00 am. Listen in on what promises to be a lively conversation...

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