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

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

By Copeland, Libby

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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 c...arry 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.
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ISBN 9781419743009
Released NZ 3 May 2020
Publisher Abrams
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781419743009
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Abrams
Imprint Abrams Press
Released 3 May 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Copeland, Libby
Category Popular Science
Genetics (Non-Medical)
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Dewey Code 929.1072
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Genetic genealogy, DNA fingerprinting, Identity Psychology
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade

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