Health As Hot Research Areas

Editor's Note: Throughout the year, the newsletter Science Watch, published by the Institute for Scientific Information in Philadelphia, lists the 10 currently most cited research papers in biology and medicine. The lists provide a glimpse of recent trends in basic and applied biomedical science. The following article discussing biology's hot papers (Science Watch, 7[1]:8, 1996), by Jeremy Cherfas, a science writer who works with the Biological Sciences Research Council of the United Kingdom in Swindon, U.K., shows that nonpolyposis colon cancer is still in the spotlight. The accompanying medical research article (Science Watch, 7[1]:5, 1996), by David W. Sharp, deputy editor of Lancet, describes a mental-health survey conducted in the United States (see also Hot Papers, The Scientist, Jan. 8, 1996, page 14).

Following are the Science Watch reports, reprinted here with permission of the newsletter...

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