The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are (Hardback)
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The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 24/03/2020
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A deeply reported look at the rise of home genetic testing and the seismic shock it has had on individual lives

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.

Publisher: Abrams
ISBN: 9781419743009
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Not long ago, the idea of sequencing your DNA was as plausible as booking a trip to Jupiter. Now we give each other DNA tests as holiday gifts. As tens of millions of people look at their genes and link them to their ancestry, this science is having a profound impact on our society as a whole. It is reuniting relatives, breaking up families, and sending criminals to jail. The Lost Family is a deeply reported, deeply humane exploration of our ongoing redefinition of our identity and our kinships."--Carl Zimmer "author of She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity "
"A compellingly readable narrative that takes us down the rabbit hole of modern personal genomics. Libby Copeland brings a gripping story from the front lines of genealogy and genomics."--Razib Khan "The Insitome Institute "
"So many families have been touched--and will continue to be touched--by the secrets unearthed by home genetic testing. We are in an epidemic with few signposts, little to guide us as we contend with the unintended consequences brought upon us by scientific advancement. The Lost Family is an urgently necessary, powerful book that addresses one of the most complex social and bioethical issues of our time."--Dani Shapiro "New York Times bestselling author of Inheritance "
"The Lost Family is a fascinating exploration of the mysteries ignited by DNA genealogy testing--from the intensely personal and concrete to the existential and unsolvable. In the world Copeland's 'seekers' are exploring, 'Who am I?' becomes a mystery more intricate and more crucial than any novel's 'Whodunit?' Copeland deftly weaves together individual stories, technical explanations and sociological discussion to make a book that's both gripping and deeply thought-provoking."--Tana French "New York Times bestselling author of the Dublin Murder Squad series and The Witch Elm "

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