One of the benefits of having a job as editor of a peer review medical journal is the fact that the editor gets to see research data literally before anyone else in the world, except for the researchers themselves. This is a rare privilege.
While in theory all of the 75 or so major manuscripts that we receive in an average week are "original," many of those we reject are really a rehash of older information or just another way of looking at things. However, once in a while, something really new and of tremendous potential value comes along and produces a tingle on first read. Such a report is that of Goldsmith and colleagues entitled "Lipid Angiogenic Factor From Omentum" on page 2034 of this issue.1 This article is categorized as a PRELIMINARY COMMUNICATION and it is just that. The findings reported must be verified by these and other