St. Louis' Richard Wilson Named "Hottest Researcher" In World, Wash. U. Scores Big

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Washington University's Richard Wilson is the hottest researcher on Planet Earth.

So says Thomson Reuters, which today released its ranking of, well, "Hottest Researchers," based on some metrics that apparently do not actually involve physical appearance.

The company says it tracks researchers whose recently published papers had notably high levels of citations over the last year. You know, typical "hot" stuff!

Wilson, an expert in molecular genetics and large-scale DNA sequence analysis, also happens to work in the "Hottest Field of Study," according to the rankings.

Genomics was the primary field for eight of the 21 hottest researchers and Wilson contributed to one landmark paper called "A Map of Human Genome Variation from Population-Scale Sequencing," which ranks among biology's most-cited papers.

Washington University was also the only institution to have four researchers included on the list.

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Wilson's school of medicine laboratory, according to his bio, has sequenced and analyzed billions of bases of DNA from the genomes of bacteria, yeast, roundworms, plants, vertebrates, primates and humans.

He and his Genome Institute colleagues sequenced the first animal genome and contributed greatly to the sequencing and analysis of the human genome.

His bio continues:

More recently, Dr. Wilson's laboratory was the first to sequence the genome of a cancer patient and discover genetic signatures relevant to the pathogenesis of the disease. Building upon this achievement, their current focus is to utilize genome sequencing and analysis technology to discover clues that will facilitate more effective diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other human diseases.

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