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Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating their data

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And this alleged "solution" to the problem is depressingly like those that we see in companies every day — rather than use an appropriate tool, they've decided to beat and mangle what they've got until it just about fits into the holes they've already decided to use (I know that there isn't any one authority out there that's decided they're going to use spreadsheets, but I feel like the drum could have been sounded a little louder on the message of not using spreadsheets for anything that needs data integrity).

I look forward to the new names being broken by a future Excel "feature" update (or even a localisation issue in the current version), requiring another rename drive and at least two sets of mapping data to translate between the 3+ generations of naming convention. Personally, I'll stick with the time-honoured tradition of vetoing software that corrupts data silently.

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