It’s been 3 years since we last visited that old favourite recurring topic, data corruption by Excel. Specifically, the unwanted auto-conversion of identifiers that look like dates, e.g. SEPT1, to – well, dates.
Here’s a new twist – well, a two year-old twist in fact, as I don’t keep up to date with this field any longer:
Yes, in 2017 the HGNC decided that the solution to this long-standing issue is to rename the offending genes to prevent the auto-conversion. I’m yet to determine whether anything more came of the proposal.
It is I suppose a practical suggestion that will work. The newsletter states that:
Our initial consultation with the research community publishing on these genes had very mixed results
I bet it did. However, given that ongoing consultation with the research community about the inappropriate use of software has had essentially no results in 15+ years, perhaps it is the most effective solution to the problem.