Stolen Laptop May Hold Cancer Cure

Saturday, January 15, 2011

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A one-thousand dollar reward is being offered for the return of a laptop stolen from cancer researchers at Oklahoma University.

The laptop is said to contain research on prostate cancer that took years to assemble, and that much of the information is irreplaceable.

The thirteen-inch Macintosh was stolen from a car belonging to researchers Sook Shin and Ralf Jankecht while they dined out for the evening.

Amazingly, given the the importance of the data contained on the computer, neither Shin nor Jankecht had ever made a backup of the data, which is mandated by university policies.

The researchers also never recorded the serial number of the unit, making tracking the device nearly impossible.

"I cannot eat and sleep since last Sunday. I'm devastated and I feel so guilty," Shin said.

Some of the data would take at least two years to replicate, but the researchers said most could of their work could not be reconstructed.

The researchers hope that the press coverage and fliers they have distributed will encourage the thief to return the unit, no questions asked.

"Please return the computer with the data saved. This would tremendously help us and you would do something for society," said Jankecht.

Source:  http://www.news9.com/Global/story.asp?S=13833909

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