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Why Do We Have to Learn This Stuff?”—A New Genetics for 21st Century Students

  • Rosemary J. Redfield mail

    redfield@zoology.ubc.ca

    Affiliation: Department of Zoology, Life Sciences Institute, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Published: July 03, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001356

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Not because it is citable?

Posted by almeida on 02 Aug 2012 at 11:48 GMT

Bibliometrics is certainly not a dear subject to most Scientists. For once, though, it can be of use to make a point. The second most cited paper by one of the giants of Genetics, JBS Haldane, is “ The combination of linkage values, and the calculation of distances between the loci of linked factors” published in 1919 in the Journal of Genetics. One of the results in this paper has been brilliantly digested in the section dealing with the “mapping function” in Griffiths et al. textbook “An Introduction to Genetic Analysis”. This is typically one of those convoluted “Why do we have to learn this stuff” sections. It so happens that Haldane’s paper has received more than three hundred citations over the past decade (nearly 40% of the citations ever received).

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