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    THE BIOCENTER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WÜRZBURG

    Gene name errors are widespread in the scientific literature

    08/30/2016

    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

    By Mark Ziemann, Yotam Eren and Assam El-Osta

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