DATABASE: Neuroscience Family Tree

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Science  13 Oct 2006:
Vol. 314, Issue 5797, pp. 229
DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5797.229e

Rockefeller University neuroscientist Paul Greengard shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for deciphering how the neurotransmitter dopamine works in the brain. Greengard can claim more than 40 intellectual “grandchildren,” and his scientific pedigree stretches back nearly 4 centuries to the German mathematician and philosopher Otto Mencke (1644–1707), who founded Germany's first academic journal. To trace mentor-protégé relationships for more than 3000 neuroscientists, climb NeuroTree, founded by postdocs Stephen David of the University of Maryland, College Park, and Ben Hayden of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. NeuroTree differs from other projects that tease out intellectual lineages in math and chemistry (NetWatch, 24 September 1999, p. 2027; and 15 April 2005, p. 331) by allowing users to add and correct information.

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