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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 on the Articles page of this site.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks , Skloot's debut book, took more than a decade to research and
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“Like the Bible said,' Gary whispered, 'man brought nothing into this world and he'll carry nothing out. Sometimes we care about stuff too much. We worry when there's nothing to worry about.”
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“But I tell you one thing, I don't want to be immortal if it mean living forever, cause then everybody else just die and get old in front of you while you stay the same, and that's just sad.”
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“She's the most important person in the world and her family living in poverty. If our mother is so important to science, why can't we get health insurance?”
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message 6: by David

David Housholder http://youtu.be/kTii5fBvwIY

Thanks for the add Rebecca! Above is a link to my very amateurish book trailer. First novel coming out June 1

The Blackberry Bush


Pamela Hey Rebecca...Thanks for accepting my friend request.


message 4: by Marla

Marla Great talk Wednesday night in Dallas. Really enjoyed hearing more about the book, your odyssey and the Q&A. Thank you.


message 3: by Jen

Jen Knox You were great on Colbert. (It might've been an old episode--I'm not up on my TV watching, but even if I'm really late, Kudos!) I'm look forward to reading your book.


Rebecca Skloot Beth wrote: "Hey there. I get to be your eight friend. How fab is that?"

Makes me very happy. Now just trying to figure out how this thing works ... seems great. XX


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Beth Hey there. I get to be your eight friend. How fab is that?


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