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Did New York Times break Lasker embargo with AP story?

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The Lasker Awards announcement went out early this morning, as many news outlets ran their stories timed to the 12:01 a.m. embargo on the $250,000 award that is often looked to as a clue to future Nobel Prize winners. This year’s award went to Genentech’s Napoleone Ferrara for his work on the eye disease macular degeneration; Douglas Coleman, of the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, and Jeffrey Friedman, of Rockefeller University, for their work on leptin, a hormone linked to appetite; and Oxford’s David Weatherall, for his work on the blood disorder thalassemia and other subjects.

But as a few Embargo Watch readers pointed out, the New York Times ran an Associated Press story on the awards a few hours before midnight. That item, which seems to have been an embargo break, was followed almost immediately by a release from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, where Friedman is an investigator.

I’ve contacted the PR firm that handled media relations for the Lasker Foundation, and will update if I hear back.

Written by Ivan Oransky

September 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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