Question: Cuffdiff No Without Replicates
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6.2 years ago by
i b330
i b330 wrote:
Dear all, how reliable is running Cuffdiff without replicates? samples agains another one? Is it statistically makign any difference when using replicates? Thanks, ib
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ADD COMMENTlink modified 6.2 years ago by fubar1.1k • written 6.2 years ago by i b330
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fubar1.1k wrote:
Seqanswers might be a better place to ask this very interesting technical question that goes way beyond Galaxy... My 2c: Statistically speaking, sequencing and biology are both noisy. Replicates provide information about non-experimental (technical and biological) variation. That variation is usually not the variation you are looking for, but if you want to remove it, you have to model it and that requires information from replicates (or really good guesswork). In some situations (eg extreme experimental conditions), I'm sure you'll find biologically meaningful signal without them but in my experience, they can really help to decrease non-experimental noise, particularly where the experimental condition induces only subtle changes in transcript abundance. You could always analyse a data set with replicates and compare the results with and without those replicates yourself to see what happens - it would be a nice paper I'm sure.
ADD COMMENTlink written 6.2 years ago by fubar1.1k
A bit off-topic, but you might take a look here: In short, one needs replication in biology, regardless of the technology used. In particular, one would never suggest running a microarray experiment without replicates; one should follow approximately the same rules for sequencing (and sequence data analysis). Sean
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