India Science Festival names “RNA Sequencing” the Science Word of the Year

From India Science Festival

SciWo: Science Word of the Year

ISF’s science word/phrase of the year is a hunt to bring to limelight a word or phrase which has caught or ought to catch the imagination of the scientific community and also, the public eye.

How did we determine the SciWo for each category?

For each area of study, ScImago’s rankings ( was used to select the top 25-30 journals and conferences. All papers published in these prestigious conferences/journals during the last four years (2018-2021) were used for the study. Based on title, abstract, and author published keywords, the frequency of individual bigrams/trigrams and their ranking over the period of four years was calculated. Phrases with the highest improvement in rank over a window of two years were identified. Our esteemed jury selected the most appropriate word of the year among these.

“RNA Sequencing”

RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) is a highly sensitive and accurate tool for measuring expression across the transcriptome, it is providing researchers with visibility into previously undetected changes occurring in disease states, in response to therapeutics, under different environmental conditions, and across a broad range of other study designs. RNA-Seq allows researchers to detect both known and novel features in a single assay, enabling the detection of transcript isoforms, gene fusions, single nucleotide variants, and other features without the limitation of prior knowledge.

Previous Rank: 37
Current Rank: 18

The phrase saw a rank improvement of 19, from being previously listed at 37 to rank 18!

In close competition, we also had
#2 : Tumour microenvironment
#3 : Single cell

Source – India Science Festival

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