I'm umming and aahing about this question. Does it belong on Ask Ubuntu? I would like to bring it to moderators attention without flagging it because I don't want to flag something not wrong.
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It seems like a valid question. But I don't know the answer at all - let's get searching!
My pronouns are He / Him
In my opinion, no it does not belong on Ask Ubuntu. It has nothing to do with Ubuntu itself and less to do with any services provided by Canonical. This is a well-meaning but confused student who thinks that each and every tool used in their works should be cited.
Ubuntu is not a bioinformatics tool and Canonical hasn't provided any services relevant here. Citing your OS in your thesis is like citing the company that made your pencils. In any case, the question itself just might be on topic on Academia.SE but it really isn't on topic here.