For this article, Eugene Russo interviewed Harry Noller, professor of molecular biology, University of California, Santa Cruz; Venki Ramakrishnan, group leader, Structural Studies Division, Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK; and Thomas Steitz, a professor of molecular biophysics, biochemistry, and chemistry, Yale University. Data from the Web of Science (ISI, Philadelphia) show that Hot Papers are cited 50 to 100 times more often than the average paper of the same type and age.

N. Ban, P. Nissen, J. Hansen, M. Capel, P.B. Moore, T.A. Steitz, "Placement of protein and RNA structures into a 5 angstrom-resolution map of the 50S ribosomal subunit," Nature, 400:841-7 Aug. 26 1999. (Cited in 160 papers)

J.H. Cate, M.M. Yusupov, G.Z. Yusupova, T.N. Earnest, H.F. Noller, "X-ray crystal structures of 70S ribosome functional complexes," 285:2095-104, Science, Sept. 24, 1999. (Cited in 209 papers)

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