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Oct 1 2008   9:16AM GMT

Report: Apple Mac Pro smell is toxic

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

“I’m a PC, and I won’t give you a deadly disease.”

Microsoft might want to consider adding this line to its new TV ads, after a French newspaper reported that Apple’s Mac Pro computers emit a toxic stench that could cause leukemia. Sacre bleu!

benzeneThe newspaper article cites a researcher from the French National Centre for Scientific Research, who says the smell — which many Mac Pro users have noticed, according to ZDNet — comes from a combination of toxins. One of those is benzene, an industrial solvent and former gasoline additive that can cause leukemia and even genetic mutations over time.

Information Week blogger Thomas Claburn has tried to contact Apple for comment, but he hasn’t heard back — and doesn’t expect to, saying, “the company is about as open to the press as North Korea.”

The French newspaper that published the original report, Liberation, is a socialist daily based in Paris and founded by philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre.

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