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Microsoft Fixes the Excel Feature That Was Wrecking Scientific Data

Excel is releasing an update for Windows and macOS to address an annoying feature that long bedeviled scientists: it automatically re-formatted their alphanumeric gene symbols as dates. This autocorrect feature could “ruin” a scientific study’s published, peer-reviewed data. The update includes a checkbox option that stops Excel from converting numbers and letters to a date, building on earlier data conversion settings.

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