Library Program Explores Impact of DNA Testing on Families and Society

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CITY OF GREENSBORO Contact: Beth Sheffield
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phone: 336-373-3617

Library Program Explores Impact of DNA Testing on Families and Society

GREENSBORO, NC (April 5, 2021) – The Greensboro Public Library welcomes award-winning journalist Libby Copeland as she discusses her 2020 book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are in a Zoom meeting from 7-8:30 pm, Tuesday, April 13. In this thoroughly modern genetic detective story, Copeland investigates the rapidly evolving phenomenon of home DNA testing while exploring the culture of genealogy buffs, the science of DNA, and the business of companies like Ancestry and 23andMe.

What are the ramifications (intended and unintended) of discovering information that can shake up long held core beliefs about heritage and identity? What happens when the test reveals a long-buried family secret or unexpected relatives?
The book’s publication coincides with the 20th anniversary of home DNA testing for ancestry purposes as well as a tipping point with over 30 million Americans now tested. The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are explores the hype of home DNA testing and its implications for family, heritage, and American culture.
Participants can register in advance at this link<library.greensboro-nc.gov/?splash=https%3a%2f%2fzoom.us%2fwebinar%2fregister%2fWN_mf9Q6RLHSkuofr8AA4EvVw&____isexternal=true>. For more Information, email Beth Sheffield<mailto:Beth.Sheffield@greensboro-nc.gov>. To learn more about Library events and resources please visit: www.greensborolibrary.org<www.greensborolibrary.org>.

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David Theall
Graphics/Communications Specialist
Libraries Department
City of Greensboro
Phone: 336-373-2270
www.greensboro-nc.gov

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