Scientists rename human genes to prevent Microsoft Excel related errors

Scientists rename human genes to prevent Microsoft Excel related errors

The HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee issued guidelines for the naming of human genes in such a way so as to prevent Excel’s automatic data formatting from altering data. The past year has seen a change in names of 27 genes in order to avoid Excel related errors, Elspeth Bruford, HGNC coordinator said. Excel had earlier affected about 20 percent of genetics-related papers, examined in a 2016 study.

Tom A
Tom A
Tish Tosh
Tish Tosh 1 months

Ok, so after reading the articles, I don't blame Excel engineers ONE BIT. This is not a programming issue. This is a Biologists-have-egos-the-size-of-a-whale issue. If you name a gene "DEC1" even a human reading that shit will think it's a date. That's stupid on paper as much as on Excel. The new rules that change how they name genes isn't some crazy complete change to the entire system. "The new guidelines states each shortened gene name, known as a symbol, must not be the same as “commonly used abbreviations.” " - first article. NO SHIT don't use names that look like other unrelated data. And it only affects some 30 Gene names, not the whole system. 🙄 And here I was, sympathizing that they must be using 5 or 6 digit codes that Excel is messing up...

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