How poor tobacco farmer Henrietta Lacks became a medical superstar after her death

Henrietta Lacks and her husband David around 1945. ( The New York Times )Some 66 years after her death, Henrietta Lacks lives on — daily and quite literally — atop laboratory benches at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital. But they also entered a vortex of mounting ethics controversies and compensation claims that will be explored as part of the Winfrey production, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Rose Byrne and Oprah Winfrey star in HBO's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Legally, researchers didn’t have to seek consent, Skloot says.For the scientific community, however, the sequencing and posting caused an uproar.

April 23, 2017 09:56 UTC

Did T. rex have a sensitive side?

Fossils from a relative of the ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex led scientists to a fascinating conclusion recently: these powerful beasts had snouts with scales as sensitive as human fingertips. ( Dreamstime )Fossils from a relative of the ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex led scientists to a fascinating conclusion recently: these powerful beasts had snouts with scales as sensitive as human fingertips. The ancestorDaspletosaurus horneri, which lived about 10 million years before Tyrannosaurus rex. Its bones were discovered in 1989, and scientists say it appears the animal is an ancestor of the Tyrannosaurus rex. The Daspletosaurus, which was smaller than T. rex at about nine metres long and two metres tall, died off more than 10 million years before the T. rex appeared.

April 23, 2017 09:56 UTC

Rise and rave: St. John's gets in on morning dance party trend

One of the dozens of participants at The Awakening, an early morning rave in downtown St. John's Friday. - Laurabeth PowerBefore 7 a.m., Friday's event in St. John's had more than 30 people packed into the Wonderbolt Circus'sThe Space. "People are givin' 'er … You don't need alcohol to dance," she told CBC Radio's St. John's Morning Show. The next morning rave is planned for the summer. "Our mission is to light up St. John's, Newfoundland and beyond through really fun wellness events," she said.

April 23, 2017 09:11 UTC

Oilers first-round win sends Edmonton fans into frenzy

If you've ever wondered what 11 years of pent-up excitement looks and sounds like, Rogers Place was the place to be Saturday night. As the game ended, thousands of jubilant Oilers fans spilled out of Rogers Place and into the adjacent Ford Hall for an impromptu dance party. Thirteen-year-old Nicole Hidalgo from Grande Prairie came to Rogers Place to celebrate her birthday with friends. "Eleven years old, back in the day, we barely experienced it and now we're moving on to the second round." While the dance party kicked into high gear inside Ford Hall, a frenzy of fans mobbed the Gretzky statue outside Rogers Place.

April 23, 2017 09:00 UTC

'It's made a difference': How word clouds offer solace to family members as a loved one dies

The Word Cloud Project helps families create collages of words and memories describing their dying family member. "A few days before my mother passed away, a doctor came in to ask if we wanted to create a word cloud. The Word Cloud Project emphasizes storytelling and engagement between the health-care provider and the patient. Connections with loved onesThe Word Cloud project was outlined in a recent paper in the British Medical Journal. Meredith Vanstone, an assistant professor at McMaster University, believes the Word Cloud Project can help prevent burnout among health-care providers in the ICU.

April 23, 2017 09:00 UTC

Transgender inmate hopes to make history with transfer to women's prison

Fallon Aubee, a transgender offender serving a life sentence at Mission Institution in B.C., hopes to become the first federal inmate to be placed in prison based on gender identity. (Submitted photo)After nearly two decades of taunts, threats and physical abuse behind bars, Fallon Aubee hopes to become Canada's first federal inmate to be placed in a prison based on gender identity rather than biological sex at birth. "I will be the first one in Canada who goes from a prison for men to a prison for women." Other transgender inmates suffer in silence and hide their identity in fear of repercussions, she said. It is not known exactly how many offenders are placed in Ontario jails based on gender identity.

April 23, 2017 09:00 UTC

Despite special regulations, entrepreneurs hope to take bite of Canada's marijuana edibles market

Ottawa has signalled that regulations governing the sales of edibles won't be ready by the time recreational marijuana becomes legal. Police seized large amounts of edible marijuana goods in those raids. Toronto police seized marijuana products, including edibles and oils, during a series of highly publicized raids in May 2016. During a news conference unveiling the proposed Cannabis Act, high-ranking federal ministers described a legal marijuana regime focused around strict regulations. Big appetite for ediblesWhoever gets to sell edible marijuana goods, evidence from other legal jurisdictions suggests they could be hugely popular once Canada legalizes marijuana.

April 23, 2017 09:00 UTC

Hisham: High-level Malaysia-China defence committee to be set up - Nation

KUALA LUMPUR: A high-level Malaysia-China defence committee will be set up, says Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. "Malaysia and China also have to organise more frequent exchange visits in future to improve communication, understanding, and also to further strengthen the trust," he said. Hishamuddin said in a statement on Sunday that this was the outcome of his meeting with China's defence minister General Chang Wanquan during his three-day official visit to China which began on Friday. On the LMS, Hishamuddin said that this is the first time Malaysia is buying defence assets from China. The expertise and the cost – which is lower in China – will be used by BNSSB to build the remaining two ships in Malaysia," said Hishammuddin.

April 23, 2017 08:48 UTC

10 homes in Salmon Arm under evacuation order due to ground instability

A number of homes in Salmon Arm are under evacuation order, due to water runoff creating slope instability. Read the evacuation order hereThe Columbia Shuswap Regional District said the following ten properties in the Silver Creek area are under the order:The affected properties are at 1605, 1615, 1618, 1626, 1629, 1635, 1648, 1652, 1655 and 1656 Salmon River Road. Residents are being told to only take critical items, if they are available, and to leave the area immediately. They are also asked to take pets in kennels or on leash, and to not use more vehicles than necessary. Anyone looking for more information can contact the Shuswap Emergency Program at 250-833-8985.

April 23, 2017 08:48 UTC

Photo Gallery: April 17 to April 23 - Nation

US Vice President Mike Pence (second, right), his wife Karen (centre) and daughters Audrey (front, left) and Charlotte (back, left) look at an emu during a visit to Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney on April 23, 2017.-AFP

April 23, 2017 05:48 UTC

Edmonton Oilers finish off San Jose Sharks 3-1, advance to second round of playoffs for first time since 2006

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Two breakaway goals less than a minute apart Saturday night proved to be the difference as the Edmonton Oilers dumped the San Jose Sharks 3-1 and advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Veteran Patrick Marleau scored the lone goal for San Jose, while Oilers star Connor McDavid hit the empty net with less than a second remaining. The sequence began when Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom blocked a shot by Sharks defenceman Justin Braun and the puck was steered to Draisaitl breaking down ice behind the San Jose defence. His 15-foot wrist shot beat Sharks goalie Martin Jones and the Oilers took a 1-0 lead at the 54-second mark. San Jose nearly tied the game on a power play about four minutes later, but a shot by Joe Pavelski hit both the crossbar and a post.

April 23, 2017 05:26 UTC

Oilers knock off Sharks, set up 2nd round date with Ducks

Two breakaway goals in less than a minute proved to be the difference Saturday night as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 and advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Beating San Jose earned the Oilers a second-round matchup with the Anaheim Ducks. The Oilers victory took on added significance as the Sharks were the defending Western Conference champions after reaching the Stanley Cup final for the first time a year ago. Cam Talbot of the Edmonton Oilers makes a save against the San Jose Sharks in Game Six on Saturday in San Jose, California. His 15-foot wrist shot beat Sharks goalie Martin Jones and the Oilers took a 1-0 lead at the 54-second mark.

April 23, 2017 05:09 UTC

France may catch populist wave in presidential voting

Voters cast ballots at a polling station in central Paris. It's the first time in living memory a presidential election is taking place during a state of emergency, which was put in place after the Paris attacks of November 2015. As of noon Sunday, 28.5 per cent of French voters had shown up to cast ballots in an election seen as unprecedented here. Inside this polling station in central Paris, a private security employee watches as people cast ballots. French presidential election candidate for the En Marche!

April 23, 2017 05:05 UTC

CBC B.C. wins 19 RTDNA awards

team has scooped up 19 RTDNA regional awards from the Association of Electronic Journalists, including a dozen awards for CBC Radio, four digital awards, two television awards and one multiplatform award. The awards were presented at the RTDNA's annual banquet at the Pan Pacific hotel in Vancouver on Saturday night. Her career at CBC Vancouver began in television, where she was co-anchor of the CBC Evening News with Bill Good from from 1982 to 1988. Almanac on CBC Radio One. Walters won numerous awards over the course of her career, including a Jack Webster Award and an RTDNA award.

April 23, 2017 05:03 UTC

Toronto Blue Jays fall to Los Angeles Angels 5-4, place shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on 10-day disabled list

ANAHEIM, Calif. — As difficult as it is to ignore the Toronto Blue Jays’ rotten record to start the season, it’s not the only cause for concern in an April to forget. But Goins said it’s time for the team to respond to the challenge created by the temporary absence of important pieces. If the Jays are going to turn their record around any time soon, it will be with offence, however. “They have the same type of personality from the way they approach the game,” Gibbons said. Marco Estrada will get the ball for the Jays in a Sunday afternoon start while the Angels counter with right hander Daniel Wright.

April 23, 2017 04:14 UTC

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