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My personal thoughts on gene name errors

Well, our paper "Gene name errors are widespread in the scientific literature" in Genome Biology has stirred up some interest. There are a lot of reasons why this article has taken off beyond what I initially envisioned: Most tech-savvy people hate Excel People over-rely on Excel, when there are better alternatives for analytics Everyone has experienced an auto-correct fail and can relate People love "bloopers" People are interested when scientists get it wrong (especially other scientists)  In this post I want to share a few things: Some responses to journalist questions List of media coverage and whether they are reporting things accurately A look into the scripts used themselves Future directions I'll also be answering your questions, so pop them in the comments section.  Some responses to journalist questions Why did you do this? We saw that the problem was first described in 2004, but these errors were present in files fr