Journal article

Gene name errors are widespread in the scientific literature

Mark Ziemann, Yotam Eren, Assam El-Osta

GENOME BIOLOGY | BMC | Published : 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.

University of Melbourne Researchers