Top 10 genome papers of
Criteria for inclusion: a paper must be the first description of the
complete or near-complete genome of a species, and it must describe the
DNA sequence as well as relevant sequencing methods and biological
discoveries revealed by the initial sequencing of the genome.
Rankings are based on citation counts, with the ISI Web of Science
taking priority over Google Scholar, which is less accurate as it uses
heuristic rules to gather citations. Counts from both databases
are provided. Citation counts are current as of December 2008.
1. Initial sequencing and
analysis of the human genome
International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium
Nature 409:6822 (15 Feb 2001),
Times Cited: 6,416
Google Scholar: 5,542
2. The sequence of the human
JC Venter, MD Adams, EW Myers, et al. (274 authors)
Science 291:5507 (16 Feb
Times Cited: 4,588
Google Scholar: 6,502 [Note that Google places this paper at #1]
3. The Complete Genome Sequence
FR Blattner, G Plunkett, CA Bloch, et al.
Science 277:5331 (5 Sept
Times Cited: 3,327
Google Scholar: 3,625
4. Whole-genome random sequencing
and assembly of Haemophilus influenzae RD
RD Fleischmann, MD Adams, O White, et al.
Science 269:5223 (28 July
Times Cited: 3,075
Google Scholar: 2,651
5. Deciphering the biology of Mycobacterium
tuberculosis from the complete
ST Cole, R Brosch, J Parkhill, et al.
Nature 393:6685 (11 June
Times Cited: 2,858
Google Scholar: 3,163 [Note that Google places this paper at #4]
6. Analysis of the genome
sequence of the flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana
The Arabidopsis Genome Initiative (143 authors)
Nature 408:6814 (14 Dec 2000),
Times Cited: 2,689
Google Scholar: 1,728 (Google has real trouble tracking this "group
7. The genome sequence of Drosophila melanogaster
MD Adams, SE Celniker, RA Holt, et al.
Science 287:5461 (24 Mar
Times Cited: 2,632
Google Scholar: 3,002
8. Initial sequencing and
comparative analysis of the mouse genome
Mouse Genome Sequencing Consortium
Nature 420:6915 (5 Dec 2002),
Times Cited: 2,188
Google Scholar: 1,763
9. The complete genome sequence
of the gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori
JF Tomb, O White, AR Kerlavage, et al.
Nature 388:6642 (7 Aug 1997),
Times Cited: 1,960
Google Scholar: 1,325
10. Complete genome sequence of
the methanogenic archaeon, Methanococcus jannaschii
CJ Bult, O White, GJ Olsen, et al.
Science 273:5278 (23 Aug 1996), 1058-1073.
Times Cited: 1,811
Google Scholar: 1,425 [Note that Google places this paper at #9]