No Freak Outs

When the consumer genetics industry came before the US Congress in 2010, Phil Gingrey, a Republican congressman from Georgia and a former obstetrician/gynecologist, worried how people would react if they learned their risks for serious diseases without the involvement of a doctor. "You've got a lot of hypochondriacs out there," he said famously at the Congressional hearing, "and we're going to make maniacs out of them."

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