Libby Copeland: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are

WED, MAY 20, 2020

Award-winning Journalist Libby Copeland will discuss her book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are, which explores the science of DNA while tracing the story of one woman – her unusual results and relentless, methodical drive for answers about her background. Listen to this thoroughly modern genetic detective story, a deeply reported look at the rise of home genetic testing, and the seismic shock it has had on individual lives irrevocably changed by home DNA tests.

Moderated by Amy Dockser Marcus, a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal covering health and science.

This talk is part of the virtual author event series American Stories, Inspiration Today.

+ BIO: Amy Dockser Marcus

Amy Dockser Marcus is a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal, covering health and science. She was awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting for her coverage of the physical, monetary and emotional costs of cancer. Last year, she wrote a series on how the ubiquity of DNA testing is changing families. Ms. Dockser Marcus has a master’s degree in bioethics from Harvard Medical School.

Photo: Josh Levine

+ BIO: Libby Copeland

Libby Copeland is an award-winning journalist who has written for the Washington Post, New York Magazine, the New York Times, the Atlantic, and many other publications. Copeland was a reporter and editor at the Post for eleven years, has been a media fellow and guest lecturer, and has made numerous appearances on television and radio.

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