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Ethics, Morality and Science:  The Ongoing Debate over the Legacy of Henrietta Lacks

Ethics, Morality and Science: The Ongoing Debate over the Legacy of Henrietta Lacks

  I have previously written about Henrietta Lacks and her immortal line of cancer cells so vital to cancer research, the immortal HeLa cell line. Here is a brief summary of the background: In 1951, Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer on 4 October 1951. Her hospital, the John Hopkins Hospital, removed two samples of […]

WIN a copy of An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir!

WIN a copy of An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir!

We’re giving you the chance to win one of seven copies of the hottest debut this year – Sabba Tahir’s grim fantasy Voyager YA novel, An Ember in the Ashes! Set in a vividly imagined world dominated by a brutal Roman-like Empire that has systematically enslaved entire nations, we’re thrust into a time when the […]

The Unquiet Earth

The Unquiet Earth

“What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” ― Henry David Thoreau There seems to be a new threat to the existence of life on Earth every week, which is ironic just as we are on the brink of finding life elsewhere in the universe. Are […]

Poisonous Paints and Peculiar Pigments

Poisonous Paints and Peculiar Pigments

In previous eras, hatters and milliners gained a reputation for being insane. Mercury was used in the felting process for making hats, particularly fur-based hats constructed from beaver or rabbit. The high toxicity of the felting solution, particularly in the mercury vapours created by the felting process, meant that madness was an industrial disease of […]

Fiona McIntosh remembers Sara Douglass

Fiona McIntosh remembers Sara Douglass

I read BattleAxe as an advance reading copy two decades ago; it was handed to me by a bookseller addicted to reading fantasy and keen to get this new writer moving.  This was a time in my life when the thought of writing a novel was only a vague notion drifting on the rim of […]

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