Power-law-like distributions in biomedical publications and research funding

Genome Biol. 2007;8(4):404. doi: 10.1186/gb-2007-8-4-404.


Gene annotation, as measured by links to the biomedical literature and funded grants, is governed by a power law, indicating that researchers favor the extensive study of relatively few genes. This emphasizes the need for data-driven science to accomplish genome-wide gene annotation.

Publication types

  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / economics
  • Databases, Genetic*
  • Genes / physiology
  • Genomics*
  • Models, Statistical*
  • Periodicals as Topic
  • Research Support as Topic*
  • United States