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The Lost Family : how DNA Testing is Upending who we are

Copeland, Libby. Book - 2020 929.107 Co, Adult Book / Nonfiction / Science & Nature / Biology / Copeland, Libby 1 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 4 out of 5

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Call Number: 929.107 Co, Adult Book / Nonfiction / Science & Nature / Biology / Copeland, Libby
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"You swab your cheek or spit in a vial, then send it away to a lab somewhere. Weeks later you get a report that might tell you where your ancestors came from or if you carry certain genetic risks. Or the report could reveal long-buried family secrets and upend your entire sense of identity. Soon a lark becomes an obsession, a relentless drive to find answers to questions at the core of your being, like "Who am I?" and "Where did I come from?" Welcome to the age of home genetic testing. In The Lost Family, journalist Libby Copeland investigates what happens when we embark on a vast social experiment with little understanding of the ramifications. She explores the culture of genealogy buffs, the science of DNA, and the business of companies like Ancestry and 23andMe, all while tracing the story of one woman, her unusual results, and a relentless methodical drive for answers that becomes a thoroughly modern genetic detective story. Gripping and masterfully told, The Lost Family is a spectacular book on a big, timely subject" -- Goodreads.com.

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PUBLISHED
New York : Abrams, 2020.
Year Published: 2020
Description: 294 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9781419743009
1419743007

SUBJECTS
Genetic genealogy.
DNA fingerprinting.
Identity (Psychology)
Creative nonfiction.