Mistaken Identifiers: Gene name errors can be introduced inadvertently when using Excel in bioinformatics

@article{Zeeberg2004MistakenIG,
  title={Mistaken Identifiers: Gene name errors can be introduced inadvertently when using Excel in bioinformatics},
  author={Barry Zeeberg and Joseph Riss and David W. Kane and Kimberly J. Bussey and Edward Uchio and W. Marston Linehan and J. Carl Barrett and John N. Weinstein},
  journal={BMC Bioinformatics},
  year={2004},
  volume={5},
  pages={80 - 80}
}
When processing microarray data sets, we recently noticed that some gene names were being changed inadvertently to non-gene names. A little detective work traced the problem to default date format conversions and floating-point format conversions in the very useful Excel program package. The date conversions affect at least 30 gene names; the floating-point conversions affect at least 2,000 if Riken identifiers are included. These conversions are irreversible; the original gene names cannot be… CONTINUE READING