Biozentrum der Universität Würzburg

    Gene name errors are widespread in the scientific literature


    The spreadsheet software Microsoft Excel, when used with default settings, is known to convert gene names to dates and floating-point numbers. A programmatic scan of leading genomics journals reveals that approximately one-fifth of papers with supplementary Excel gene lists contain erroneous gene name conversions. http://genomebiology.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13059-016-1044-7

    Von Mark Ziemann, Yotam Eren and Assam El-Osta