Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Gene name errors inadvertently introduced when using Excel in bioinformatics

If you are in the right mood you can read this (funny?) story (Genes Families hacked by Microsoft Excel) on the errors that can be introduced by the automatic text formatting feature of Excel when dealing with gene names such as SEPT1, FEB1, DEC1 (guess why?).
Incredible but true, a scientific article has been published on BMC Bioinformatics titled "Mistaken Identifiers: Gene name errors can be introduced inadvertently when using Excel in bioinformatics".

1 comment:

Stefano Calza said...

Excel is well known to be a hugly tools for any quantitative analysis. Text formatting but also numeric algorithms are messy. Never try to pubblish simething using Excel!!