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    Thanks for the suggestion Jessica. We’ve got a few other suggestions on the site that are similar with scientific notation, etc. We’ll take a look at this area, and pay special attention to any cases that get a lot of votes. So please keep the votes coming to help us do a good job at prioritizing asks like this!

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    John [MS XL]

    Anonymous commented  · 

    This is a very widespread problem in the scientific community. If you need proof, here is a link to a recent paper: that has been viewed over 56000 times.

    https://genomebiology.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13059-016-1044-7

    "Gene name errors are widespread in the scientific literature"
    "...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."

    If this many scientists have problems with Excel, this is not a trivial problem.
    The paper also points out that Google Sheets does not suffer from this problem.

    Mengshu

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