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Wed, 11/02/2011


Rebecca Skloot began her November 2 “Exploring Ethics” lecture by paying tribute to the unprecedented regional initiative built around and named after her bestselling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

“I feel exceptionally lucky every time I show up to an event and see the number of people who are reading the book and see that it’s part of academic discussions,” Skloot said. “What’s happening here in San Diego is so much more than that. … Congratulations to San Diego for pulling together what is most definitely so far the most impressive spread of events that I’ve seen of different ways of looking at the issues raised by the book and different ways of starting conversations in different communities. I’m just thrilled to see that.”

As the keynote speaker for the Ethics Center’s 2011-2012“Exploring Ethics Henrietta Lacks Series,” Skloot read excerpts from her book and discussed its historical context.

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Rebecca Skloot

Rebecca Skloot is an award winning science writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover; and many other publications. She specializes in narrative science writing and has explored a wide range of topics, including goldfish surgery, tissue ownership rights, race and medicine, food politics, and packs of wild dogs in Manhattan. She has worked as a correspondent for WNYC’s Radiolab and PBS’s Nova ScienceNOW. She and her father, Floyd Skloot, are co-editors of The Best American Science Writing 2011. You can read a selection of Rebecca Skloot’s magazine writing at

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