On October 1, our first speaker, Barry Logan, Biology professor from Bowdoin College, explained cell division and the biology of cancer.
A cancer cell is a cell that grows out of control. Unlike normal cells, cancer cells ignore signals to stop dividing, to specialize, or to die and be shed.
These cells may then spread to other areas of the body.
To learn more about this topic, Professor Logan recommended reading The Emperor of All Maladies: Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. Click here for availability.
On October 8, our second speaker, Dr. Tom Keating, oncologist from New England Cancer Specialists, went further into the explanation of cancer, diagnosis and treatment.
He gave his reactions to the book, saying that he felt that Henrietta Lacks did receive state of the art treatment available in the 1950‘s, but that it was unethical for the physician to take her cells without her permission.
For more information on cancer and treatment, he recommended the National Comprehensive Cancer Network website as a place to find trustworthy and up to date guidelines on cancer diagnosis, staging and treatment. http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/f_guidelines.asp
Also, visit the American Cancer Society website http://www.cancer.org/ and the National Cancer Institute website http://www.cancer.gov/.
On October 15, we watched “Cancer Cell Research: The Way of All Flesh,“ a 1997 BBC documentary about Henrietta Lacks and how unique her cells are.
This DVD is now available for check out. Click here for availability.
On October 22, Attorney Rita Heimes spoke on intellectual property rights and genetics.
The Fall 2014 Science Read Series concluded on October 29 with Professor Dana Waring’s presentation on "Social and Legal Implications of Personal Genetics."
Watch the Fall Science Reads Online
The 2014 Fall Science Reads were recorded on video.
If you missed any of the Fall Science Reads (or if you would like to see them again), you can watch them here.