Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure: Instructive and Funny

The Department of Defense doesn’t want to retire employees prematurely because of their moral lapses. To instruct them in right from wrong, DOD compiles the Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure, short object lessons that retell the real-life shortcomings of their own workers, and those from other government agencies. The surprise is that the newly updated compendium can be laugh-out-loud funny. Here are three examples, verbatim, from the latest edition: Employees Fail to Profit from Red Tape Two workers at the Veterans …

How Private Is Your Genetic Code? Less So Than You May Think

Anyone who's watched more than a few episodes of <em>Law & Order</em> knows how easy it is to unwittingly get a sample of someone's <strong>DNA</strong> — a discarded coffee cup, a used Kleenex, a few stray hairs and you're good to go. In Dick Wolf's world, such samples are used to catch the bad guys (or exonerate the good guys), but in real life, <strong>genetic code</strong> can reveal a variety of information, including what diseases may lurk in someone's future. This type of genetic testing — known as <strong>whole genome sequencing</strong> — has many useful applications. But a report released today by the presidential <strong>bioethics </strong>commission reveals that many legal issues surrounding genetic <strong>privacy</strong> have yet to be addressed.