Every year, scientists and scholars worldwide publish their findings in academic journals and proceedings, producing papers estimated in the range of more than two million. How does the research community determine the papers with the most value? Citations are one way, and a paper that other scientific authors have frequently cited has arguably proved itself to be highly significant.
Dr. Inanc Birol was awarded $6.9 million for a project that will employ genomics research to discover and develop antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) as alternatives to traditional antibiotics. Treating and preventing bacterial infections in animals is an essential part of agriculture. However, overuse and misuse of antibiotics has led to the development of antimicrobial resistance, an issue classified by the World Health Organization as one of the most urgent global health risks facing us today.