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What We’re Reading: October 22, 2015

By The Prindle Institute for Ethics
22 Oct 2015
Image created from a photograph by Conner Gordon

Self-Driving Cars Hit the Streets, Sort Of (NPR)
by Aarti Shahani
“Just as I’m lifting my foot from the accelerator, I feel the steering wheel take on a life of its own. I jerk my hands away, surprised. My hands and feet are doing nothing and the car is moving.”

For Students Accused of Campus Rape, Legal Victories to Win Back Rights (NPR)
by Tovia Smith
“As colleges crack down on sexual assault, some students complain that the schools are going too far and trampling the rights of the accused in the process. In recent months, courts around the nation have offered some of those students significant victories, slamming schools for systems that are stacked against the accused.”

Secret source code pronounces you guilty as charged (Ars Technica UK)
by David Kravets
“The results from a Pennsylvania company’s TrueAllele DNA testing software have been used in roughly 200 criminal cases, from California to Florida, helping put murderers and rapists in prison. Criminal defense lawyers, however, want to know whether it’s junk science.”

The FDA ordered 23andMe to stop offering users unapproved health tests. Now it’s back (Vox)
by Julia Belluz
“The genetic testing company 23andMe announced today that it’s relaunching its direct-to-consumer health testing kits after shutting them down two years ago when the Food and Drug Administration charged the company with failing to provide evidence that their tests were ‘analytically or clinically validated.’ ”

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