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Tag: Bioethics

NIH Reaches Agreement with Family of Henrietta Lacks

The Go Big Read selection from 2011-12, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot, has continued to generate a lot of discussion across campus.  So today’s announcement from the National Institutes of Health is big news: 

The understanding reached with the Lacks family respects their wishes to enable scientific progress while ensuring public acknowledgement of the enormous contribution made by the late Henrietta Lacks. In addition, the understanding gives the Lacks family a seat at the table in reviewing applications for controlled access to Henrietta Lacks’ whole genome data. (NIH Press Release, August 7, 2013)

Analysis of the agreement has already appeared prominently in both The Chronicle of Higher Education and The New York Times.  Looks like it’s getting a lot of discussion in both locations, as well as from experts at UW.  So great to know that a Go Big Read book has garnered such sustained interest.  

Sarah McDaniel, Go Big Read

WUD Film Presents “Adventures in Bioethics” Double Feature Friday!

Friday, October 22nd at the Memorial Union Play Circle, WUD Film will present a FREE Go Big Read Adventures in Bioethics Double Feature:

  • 7 pm Gattaca
  • 9:30 pm Frankenstin (1931)

The event is sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate Student Programming Board and the WUD Film Committee. Union events are intended for UW students, staff, faculty, and Union members and their guests only. (small print from the event poster). For more information visit http://www.union.wisc.edu/film

Sounds like fun! We’re also looking for recommendations of other movies (or other media) that would align with and highlight themes in the book. If you have ideas, please submit them as comments.

Sarah McDaniel
Go Big Read

“Immortal” on TV’s Law & Order

On Wednesday, May 19th, “Law and Order” had an episode called “Immortal,” that had a storyline about “stolen” immortal cells, an African-American family, a medical research firm and the question of remuneration for cells taken and not paid for …
Here is the basic script.

Its portrayal of the main themes speaks to the compelling nature of the subject of Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and affirms the fact that there are numerous bioethical and social concerns inherent in the book. A reading of the book and viewing of the episode will surely provoke numerous lines of discussion from students, staff and faculty.