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

96percentchimp

"Alternatively, have Excel bring up a dialogue box telling the user how to convert the cell type - "Hey, it looks like you might be working with dates in this column. If you wish to convert it to a date format, select the column by double clicking the header and then right click, Format Cells"."

Maybe they could give it a little personality, and a name, say "Clippy"? (or don't, really, please don't)

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