Where is today's most influential biomedical and biological research being done--at what institutions and in what countries? And in what journals are the results of this research most consistently published?

Judging from an examination of the 81 life science articles featured in The Scientist's "Hot Papers" section during the past 12 months, the answers, in order, are: the National Institutes of Health; the United States; and the journal Cell.

Looking back on the "Hot Papers" columns of the past year, The Scientist reported that NIH-based investigators at various branches of NIH contributed to seven of the 81 life sciences articles highlighted during the past year. (This may come as no great surprise, since, in a recent issue, The Scientist discovered that NIH is home to 10 of the 100 most-cited researchers of the 1980s [The Scientist, June 25, 1990, page 14].)

Close on the heels of NIH was...

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