Analysis of the hESC co-citation network.
(A) Frequency distribution for hESC line use based on the evaluation of 2,338 studies reporting original research involving hESCs and published in peer-reviewed English language journals from 1998 to 2011. The inset highlights the 40 most used lines. Asterisks denote those hESC lines available and eligible for federal funding under the Bush administration from Aug. 9, 2001 to Mar. 9, 2009. Note that in most papers several hESC lines were used. (B) The largest connected network of the empirical hESC co-citation network. Peer reviewed studies involving experiments with identifiable hESC lines published from 1998 to 2011 are represented as boxes; hESC lines are represented as circles (see Fig. S2 for the entire network, including all disconnected components). The network is dominated by few lines (H1, H7, H9, HES-2, HES-3, BG01), which were introduced early in the stem cell field. (C) Correlation of hESC usage with time of derivation. Lines derived earlier are used more frequently than those lines derived later, a pattern that appears to be independent of policy influence. Error bars: standard deviation of mean.