Our cover story
this week about primate research at OHSU
pointed out the school's practice of creating positive publicity to divert attention from animal-rights activists.
So we weren't surprised when The Oregonian
today published a piece
about possible breakthroughs in viral engineering at the Oregon National Primate Research Center
, the site where OHSU breeds monkeys for medical research.
But OHSU spokesman Jim Newman
says the fact that the stories came out two days apart depended on decisions already made by editors at the prestigious journal Science
The journal made the call to publish
the findings today, Newman says, and editors put an embargo on the story that prevented other media from reporting on it until Thursday.
"That was a decision that Science
made, not us," Newman says. WW
independently confirmed that the timing was coincidence.
The study was carried out using rhesus macaques at the primate center's Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute