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Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 03:32 pm

Everlasting cells

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Rebecca Skloot is one of the younger chicks in the henhouse, but her debut book proves she’s one of the smarter chicks in the coop. The Chicago award-winning science writer, now New York Times bestseller author, will talk and sign books at Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, Nov. 9. Skloot’s work, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, is the intriguing story about ethics, class, race and medicine. It tells of a poor, black woman living in the 1950s whose cells were harvested for science and became the instrument of major medical advances and discoveries. The woman, Henrietta Lacks, and the annals of history never knew this fact, nor did her family until recently. The book has won numerous awards and will be made into an HBO movie by Oprah. The event is free. Tickets are available from the auditorium ticket office. The Friends of Brookens Library, Memorial Medical Center, The Illinois Humanities Council and the UIS Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series are sponsors.

Rebecca Skloot
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7pm
Sangamon Auditorium, UIS
206-6160
Free

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