The articles listed below - all less than a year old - have received a substantially greater number of citations than others of the same vintage and concerned with the same or an associated research area, according to a citation- tracking algorithm of the Institute for Scientific Information, Philadelphia. Why have these particular research reports become such standouts? A comment following each citation - supplied to The Scientist by one of the authors or by another recognized expert in the field - attempts to provide an answer.

W.J. Chirico, M.G. Waters, G. Blobel, "70K heat shock related" proteins stimulate protein translocation into microsomes," Nature, 332 (6167), 805-810, 28 April 1988.

M.G. Waters (Laboratory of Cell Biology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Rockefeller University): "We were trying to identify substances involved in translocation across membranes in yeasts, and we thought we'd describe a factor already identified in higher organisms. But...

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