Our post yesteday about nanoparticles that deliver genes to brains of living mice has attracted attention of the media and communications officers at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). It seems that we have inadvertently referred to a press release that was embargoed until 5pm ET yesterday, even though it was accessed via a popular search engine. We have apologized to the National Academy of Sciences, after their communications officer pointed it out.
We believe that there are two more issues to consider:
1. As Dr. Genes expressed in his email to PNAS:
In the future we will be more conscientious of this process, as we want to respect our sources’ publicity guidelines. One might argue, however, with the proliferation of “pajama journalism” and smoking-gun sites, that once a press release is accessible to anyone searching online, embargo is a moot point.
2. The case illustrates the fact that because we go directly to the sources and to the latest press releases, our readers get the latest and the coolest medical news on the internet, delivered directly to you by physicians and researchers.
So, not bottom feeders after all. Just new media!
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