The attached YouTube video shows a couple who lost a laptop computer that contains several years of data for cancer research.
University researcher, Sook Shin and her husband Ralf Jankecht, a professor of cell biology at Oklahoma University are leading cancer scientists at the institution, CNET News reports.
On Sunday, before heading back to the lab, the couple made a quick stop at a local restaurant.
On their way back, someone smashed their car's window and stole their 13-inch white MacBook in a dark orange computer bag.
The computer was reported to have the data that could save millions of lives for patients suffering from prostate cancer.
A crying Shin told News 9, "I'm devastated and I feel so guilty."
They are offering a $1,000 reward for the thief with no questions asked.
They sent out flyers posted in area pawn shops that read, "Thief, it is OK. Everybody makes mistakes."
Jankecht said, "Please return the computer with the data saved. This would tremendously help us and you would do something for society."
Unfortunately, the researchers did not back up their data.
According to surveys, backing up of data is rarely done.
It is hoped that the same ending will happen to the couple when a laptop of Swedish professor was stolen. After one week, he received a mail with a USB drive with all his data. The thief may have pitied him, backed up his data and returned it back.
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