The Lost Family by Libby Copeland : Author’s Event and Q&A , cosponsored with the Berkeley Public Library

Libby Copeland Virtual Event : Oakland Public Library

Author Libby Copeland will discuss her new book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are, which tells the extraordinary cultural phenomenon of home DNA testing.

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.

The Wall Street Journal calls it “a fascinating account of lives dramatically affected by genetic sleuthing.”

In her book, Copeland goes beyond the science and includes discussions into philosophy and ethics, as well as, true crime. It forces readers to look at the big questions of:  Who are we? What is family? Are we defined by nature, nurture, or both?

She will be interviewed by Madison K. Lehmer, a graduate student in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley and a member of the Popping the Science Bubble team there. This team consists of a small group of doctoral students currently involved in research on campus and who have a passion for science outreach and communication.

Register here to attend the event via Berkeley Public Library’s Zoom:  

This event is generously funded by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library & hosted by the Berkeley Public Library under cosponsorship with the Oakland Public Library, joined by the Alameda County Library, the Tehama County Library and Wonderfest.

For questions, please contact Steven Lavoie at the Oakland Main Library by phone at 510-238-3134 or email slavoie AT (@)



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