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August 2003

"Recently, I decided to sequence my DNA in my spare time. 'How hard can it be,' I figured. 'There must be a machine on eBay that does all the work.' Besides, for my masters thesis in computer science I had applied numerical modeling techniques to studying sea urchin embryos. I was cross-disciplinary, god damn it.

"I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Biotech protocols are more like cooking than engineering."

British writer says that despite great weather, delicious food, and cheap wine, all is not well in Italy. Two indications: 1) he claims 70% of single Italian men between the ages of 25 and 29 live at home, and 2) ". . . Italy is a land of almost unbridled anarchy. Although you are strangled by red tape and persecuted by a million arbitrarily imposed petty regulations, the rule of law does not exist."