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Site runs embargoed Stanford press release verbatim; PNAS lifts embargo early

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For the second time within a week, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has lifted the embargo on a study because of coverage prior to the originally scheduled embargo time.

This time, the study was of how molecules necessary for life might have first come together, and the outlet was The Science of Cycles, which describes itself as

the vehicle which brings the latest cutting-edge discoveries confirming long and short-term cyclical events between our Galaxy-Sun-Earth with charged particles as the conduit.

From an email sent to the PNAS media list Friday:

PNAS is lifting the embargo on the following manuscript. All other manuscripts are under the scheduled embargo of Monday, Oct. 23, 3 pm US ET.

Prebiotic biochemistry in microdroplets

Researchers report that sugar phosphorylation and uridine synthesis, two biologically essential reactions that are thermodynamically and kinetically unfavorable in bulk solution, occurred spontaneously in microdroplets, without enzymes or ATP, and that sugar phosphorylation had a smaller entropic cost in microdroplets than in bulk solution, suggesting that prebiotic formation of biologically relevant molecules could have occurred in microdroplets.

The Science of Cycles post was published Friday, some three days ahead of tomorrow’s embargo. It appears to be identical to a press release from Stanford, where several of the authors of the paper are based, presumably originally embargoed for tomorrow.

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Written by Ivan Oransky

October 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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