This week's citation classic on The Evilutionary Biologist is really a classic. It's the Journal of Biological Chemistry paper on site-directed mutagenesis from Michael Smith's lab at the University of British Columbia.
Michael Smith, who died in 2000, won the Nobel Prize in 1993 for his work on site-directed mutagenesis.
A couple of weeks ago I pooked fun at John Dennehy's selection of a Richard Dawkins paper for his citation classic series [It Happens to All of Us Eventually]. This week John writes,
Any connection between a recent Sandwalk post, the fact that Smith is Canadian and that this article is biochemical in bent is purely coincidental.I think we can all appreciate that this is just a coincidence. We expect you to recognize all outstanding Canadian biochemists on the grounds that they are truly excellent scientists and not just because you are pandering to your neighbors up north.1
I'll assume that the last citation classic was just a temporary moment of insanity.
1. Although a little pandering never hurt anyone. You never know when you might have to emigrate.