It was a year in which science made headlines--when a lamb named Dolly came on like a lion, and the Pathfinder mission bounced to a perfect Martian landing. And, as always, Science Watch was watching. Here is a roundup for 1997 of those scientists who, at year's end, had the greatest number of highly cited papers published during the preceding two years, according to the Institute for Scientific Information's Hot Papers Database.

Unlike in previous years, the 1997 ranking of hot scientists proved to be an egalitarian affair. Following its custom of identifying scientists who have published at least five highly cited papers over the last two years, Science Watch found one researcher, Ronald M. Evans, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator at the Salk Institute, La Jolla, Calif., in the top spot with six papers on nuclear hormone receptors and their actions in gene activation and other cellular...

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