That was yes'day when I found out from a friend that another lab had just had a paper accepted the gist of which is what my research has focussed on. great.. Will have to wait for the actual paper to be published to assess the situation. We weren't really close to publishing anyways, they've a good 4-5 month head start.. This comic is probably closer to the mark:
Hopefully there will be enough small differences between their data and mine to still be able to get something out, but it's certainly going to be in a particularly high impact journal.
For what it's worth - a happy new year to all who're reading this, hope your year got off to a bright and cheery start..