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

  • Type: Books
  • By: Libby Copeland
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Recommended by: Jessica T.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9781419743009
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You should know how the use of DNA tests could affect you, even if you never take one.

If you’ve taken, want to take, or even never want to take a DNA test, this is for you. I came into this with a background in genealogy and genetic testing and I very much appreciate the way Copeland lays out the more challenging aspects of the genetic genealogy boom--results that contradict the stories you’ve been told all your life, the fact that you testing could totally affect the lives of genetic relatives that never intended to test, the use of testing for health research or law enforcement purposes. These are all very big topics that people generally don’t consider when they get a kit for Christmas or arbitrarily decide that it would be cool to see they pie chart (or some other “ethnic” breakdown depending on the company).
Whether you’re interested in family history or not this is a compelling and important read.