Too Hot to Hold: Life on Mars and Cloned Sheep Couldn't Be Kept Under Wraps

Science  30 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5390, pp. 862
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5390.862

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Science embargoes--designed to keep research papers under wraps until they are released by a publisher--tend to break down if the news is really big. When word of a discovery leaks, reporters declare an "embargo break" and demand that the information be released early. Generally, but not always, the publisher gives in.