The Cultural Phenomenon of Home DNA Testing

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Virtual Programs & Classes

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This virtual presentation will explore the extraordinary cultural phenomenon of home DNA testing, which is redefining family history. It will draw on Libby Copeland’s years of research for her new book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are (Abrams, 2020), which The Wall Street Journal calls “a fascinating account of lives dramatically affected by genetic sleuthing.” With more than 37 million people having been tested, a tipping point has been reached. Virtually all Americans are affected, whether they have been tested or not, and millions have been impacted by significant revelations in their immediate families.

Enrollment required. A link to the virtual presentation will be emailed upon enrollment. Click here to reserve a copy of the book with your library card.

About the Presenter: Libby Copeland is an award-winning journalist who has written for the Washington Post, New York magazine, New York Times, The Atlantic, and many other publications. She specializes in the intersection of science and culture. Copeland was a reporter and editor at the Post for eleven years, has been a media fellow and guest lecturer, and has made numerous appearances on television and radio.

About the Book: The Lost Family explores the rapidly evolving phenomenon of home DNA testing, its implications for how we think about family and ourselves, and its ramifications for American culture broadly. The New York Times writes, “Before You Spit in That Vial, Read This Book.” The Washington Post says The Lost Family “reads like an Agatha Christie mystery” and “wrestles with some of the biggest questions in life: Who are we? What is family? Are we defined by nature, nurture or both?”
Event Type(s): Virtual Program
Age Group(s): Adults

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