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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

History of Science / Medical History and Bioethics Colloquium Series Begins Tuesday

In association with this year’s “Go Big Read” book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the History of Science / Medical History and Bioethics Colloquium Series will examine diverse perspectives on the nature and implications of appropriations in science.

The series, APPROPRIATIONS: COLLECTING FOR SCIENCE, will open September 28 with a colloquium led by Ruth Richardson (University of Hong Kong, University of Cambridge), “Human Bodies and Their Parts: Appropriations and Donations from Bodysnatching to Transplants.”
Because of President Obama’s visit to campus Tuesday, Ruth Richardson’s colloquium has been rescheduled and relocated to 12:30-2:00 PM in 204 Bradley Memorial (light refreshments available afterwards).
For more information on the series and a full listing of the colloquia, visit the “Events” section of the History of Science: History of Science, Medicine and Technology Web site.
Sarah McDaniel, Go Big Read