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TURBU Tech – I ran across a very interesting story yesterday.  Apparently genetic researchers are having some real trouble with their spreadsheets: important data is being wrongly interpreted by Excel as specific data formats and ends up getting mangled irreversibly, leading to data corruption.  For example, the gene identifier “2310009E13″ got converted to the floating point value “2.31E+13,” and the tumor suppressor DEC1 [Deleted in Esophageal Cancer 1] was being converted to ’1-DEC.’ Reading the article, and seeing some of the workarounds that it describes, and the ...
Favorite? Off-Topic? Mason Wheeler @ 2014-08-01 17:43


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