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Mapping My Genome Starts a Search for DNA Answers I May Not Want

On the fourth floor of a red brick medical building in Boston’s South End is an office where few want to go -- where people get a frequently unwelcome glimpse of their future through a careful reading of their DNA.

My chair faces Aubrey Milunsky, co-director of Boston University School of Medicine’s Center for Human Genetics. Women have been told here they’re harboring breast cancer genes. Men have learned they may develop incurable Huntington’s disease. Parents have been informed their child may die before they do.