RE: Trying again re Cupertino Effect

Subject: RE: Trying again re Cupertino Effect
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 14:37:09 -0400

The gene sequencing error was observed for certain strings of three
letters with one or two numerals (mar1, dec-2, etc.).

But those of us who don't work with genes shouldn't get too complacent:
The same error occurs with certain short strings of numerals separated
by dashes and slashes (1-2, 9/18, etc.). As Kathleen points out, any
database is potentially vulnerable.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kathleen MacDowell
> Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 2:10 PM
> To: Nancy Allison
> Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: Trying again re Cupertino Effect
> Nancy, your post was even more hilarious than the link to the
> article, but a comment raised a serious issue for other users
> of Microsoft software, and possibly medical risks (altho that
> might be a stretch). But it's definitely something that
> people should watch for when using any type of database.
> In case you and others aren't aware, I've attached the link
> to the article.
> Briefly, some gene workers realized that artifacts of Excel
> cause gene names to be changed when they're put in a spread
> sheet. They've come up with fixes.
> Their article

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Trying again re Cupertino Effect: From: Nancy Allison
Re: Trying again re Cupertino Effect: From: Kathleen MacDowell

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