Salient Themes of MPEs with Author Libby Copeland


Libby Copeland is an award-winning journalist who writes about culture, science and human behavior. Copeland was a reporter and editor at the The Washington Post for eleven years, has been a media fellow and guest lecturer, and has made numerous appearances on television and radio.

“The Lost Family” explores the rapidly evolving phenomenon of home DNA testing, its implications for how we think about family and ourselves, and its ramifications for American culture broadly. We will discuss the broad themes of MPEs:

  • History of DNA industry
  • How Common are MPEs
  • DNA Testing Affects on MPE Buckets (NPE, Adoptees, Conceived by Assisted Reproduction)
  • 35 Million DNA Tests in the U.S. – Tipping Point and Implications
  • Collision of Family Histories and Narratives with DNA testing
  • Sociological and Psychological Shifts Attributed to DNA testing
  • Quandary of Ethnicity
  • Future of DNA Testing