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PNAS lifts embargo early after news outlet runs typhoid fever story too soon

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The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo early Saturday on a paper about typhoid fever, after a news outlet ran a story three days before the embargo was scheduled to lift.

From an email to the PNAS media list: 

PNAS is lifting the embargo on the following manuscript. All other manuscripts are under the scheduled embargo of Monday, August 21, 3 pm US ET.

*   Genetic variant tied to risk of typhoid fever

A study uncovers a human genetic risk factor for typhoid fever that points to a potential preventive approach.

The offending story, PNAS tells Embargo Watch, ran on Invisiverse, which bills itself as “news of the secret, beautiful, & dangerous world of microbes.” The URL of the piece on Invisiverse now redirects to an unrelated story.

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Written by Ivan Oransky

August 21, 2017 at 8:10 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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