Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Fun fact: Genomics and particle physics are the two hottest areas of scientific research

An example of simulated data modeled for the CMS particle
on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.
Lucas Taylor
For the third straight year genomics research produced the most highly cited scientific papers. This indicates the central importance of genetics in biology and medicine to help us understand how DNA sequences lead to disease. The highly cited genetic research papers include the studies that sequenced the genome of a cancer patient in order to find genetic indicators of disease development.

Most of the citations in particle physics were related to the search for the Higgs boson particle. This research is viewed as vital in describing the formation of the universe. The top two most cited papers both dealt with the Higgs boson particle.

The citation data was tabulated by Science Watch which is a division of Thomson Reuters.