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Hunting Disease Origins By Whole-Genome Sequencing 124

ChocSnorfler writes "James Lupski, a physician-scientist who suffers from a neurological disorder called Charcot-Marie-Tooth, has been searching for the genetic cause of his disease for more than 25 years. Late last year, he finally found it — by sequencing his entire genome. While a number of human genome sequences have been published to date, Lupski's research is the first to show how whole-genome sequencing can be used to identify the genetic cause of an individual's disease."

Submission + - mysql devs refused visas for linux oz conference (

snottrue writes: "Sad day for Australia. MySQL dev team members denied Australian short stay business visas they need to talk at the linux conference in Hobart. They want to go teach Australians about MySQL but it seems some official who hasn't read enough kafka to see the humour, decides that they'd compete too much with the local businesses. I mean really, they want to teach, not compete. It's called Open Source. I'm an Australian expat living in Boston these past 8 years and lately I've been itching to get home. Now I'm not so sure."
Linux Business

Submission + - What's SCO been up to of late?

acehole writes: A couple of years ago I was following the SCO v IBM & linux thing being played out in the courts and in the IT media. I'd completely forgotten about it until now. So basically, from the last time SCO had been covered on slashdot, what has SCO been up to and what is happening to SCO?

Feed Apple Getting The Microsoft Treatment From EU (

By entering into an agreement with EMI to sell DRM-free music, Apple may pacify some of its critics in Europe that want the company enjoined from selling DRM-laden tracks. But, just as it dodges one bullet, there may be another one to contend with. There are reports that the EU is set launch an investigation into the iTunes store for alleged antitrust violations. This time, the problem is not DRM, but rather the fact that Apple has different iTunes storefronts in different European countries. A spokesman for Apple said that the company doesn't believe it's in violation of the law, and that it's only following the wishes of the music labels in selling music on a country by country basis. This is basically the same line it's trotted out with respect to DRM, that it's all the labels' fault. While some consumers might find themselves inconvenienced by the system, this seems like a rather weak reason for the EU to go after the company -- it's certainly unclear how this falls under the rubric of anticompetitive behavior. The EU already has a clear track record of going after companies that are too successful, with Microsoft being a prime example, and it's starting to look like Apple is getting the same treatment.

Submission + - OpenOffice 2.2 Released

xsspd2004 writes: "

The Community on March 29 announced the release of a major upgrade to OpenOffice: version 2.2. The group claims that with upgrades to its word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software, the free office suite provides a real alternative to Microsoft's recently-released Office 2007 product."
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Xbox 360 Hardware Failure Survey

Anonymous Coward writes: "A UK magazine invited readers to answer a survey. The results are nowhere near Microsoft's claimed failure rate of the 360.

Out of the 2181 survey submissions so far:

891 (40.85%) say they have NOT had a console fail
825 (37.83%) say they've had one console fail
465 (21.32%) say they've had more than one console fail

Overall, 1290 (59.15%) of respondants claim to have experienced Xbox 360 hardware failure. Get the full stats here."

Submission + - Bring on the bling with Beryl

Spinning Rims writes: Beryl 0.2.0, a new window manager for Linux was released last week, and Ars Technica has a guide to setting up and using Beryl, along with a lot of screenshots of it in action. 'Beryl's settings manager exposes a tremendous number of configurable settings, some with cryptic and confusing names. Beryl's prodigious flexibility can be intimidating sometimes, even for an advanced user. Fortunately, most of the important options are relatively easy to understand, and the default settings are reasonable enough to provide a good experience without requiring a lot of configuration changes.'

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