Bioinformaticists Beware: Excel Glitch Changes More than 2,000 Gene Names in Array Data Sets | GenomeWeb

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute have identified a flaw in Microsoft’s Excel program that can inadvertently change gene names to non-gene names in large genomic data sets. The glitch — a result of the spreadsheet program’s default settings — could affect more than 2,000 genes, according to the NCI team, and has already led to errors that have been propagated in LocusLink and other public data resources.

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