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January 5, 2006 3:00 AM

In a few years, knowing your own personal genome may improve your health

How would you like to get your own personal genome a collection of all the genes you inherited from your father and mother, which make you who you are? Such a scientific tool could help you and your doctors learn which diseases youre especially susceptible to and figure out how to avoid or prevent them. The technology to accomplish that feat at a reasonable cost may be possible in the coming decade, thanks to the Personal Genome Project, which is getting under way at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

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