Skloot's a hit.
Evidently writer Rebecca Skloot's book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," is so popular that her Oct. 6 appearance in Omaha has been moved from Joslyn Art Museum's Witherspoon Concert Hall to the bigger Orpheum Theater.
Skloot's book tells the true story of a tobacco farmer who died of cancer in 1951, but whose cells showed the remarkable ability to multiply in the lab.
The cells have contributed to many scientific findings and helped biotech companies and universities reap profits. But Lacks' relatives made no money, didn't even know about the cells for years, and have struggled to obtain health insurance.
Skloot will speak at the Women and Health Lecture overseen by Creighton University's Center for Health Policy and Ethics. Her speech, which is free and open to the public, will start at 7 p.m.
Online registration is required and may be taken care of at http://chpe.creighton.edu. For information, call 402-280-2017.
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