British scientists are doing better on the world stage than the country's relatively low level of research spending might suggest, a new report shows. The latest figures from the study put UK researchers ahead of their counterparts in the US when it comes to the impact of their pre-clinical and biological research."The UK produces 9% of the world's scientific papers and has a citation share of 12%, second only to the USA," said science minister David Sainsbury. "The study also shows that the UK continued to strengthen its share of the world's most influential papers, from 12.9% to 13.2%." The country has also experienced an improvement in the relative citation impact of UK research publications in biological sciences, the report says, culminating in a very good year in 2004. "The UK has now moved ahead of the USA on impact for preclinical and health biological sciences.""It's an area where the...

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