Virtual Book Club – The Lost Family by Libby Copeland

Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020

7-8 pm Eastern
This program is free and open to the public | Suggested donation $5
All donations will be shared between JMM and the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Past program. View the recording here.

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You swab your cheek or spit into 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 a long-buried family secret and upend your entire sense of identity.Soon a lark becomes an obsession, an incessant desire 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.

Award-winning journalist Libby Copeland will discuss her new book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are. In this book, 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.

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