Question: Identify sets of genes that distinguish cancer from normal cells
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4.6 years ago by
sidney.shc0 wrote:


I am new to bioinformatics, so please excuse me if I am asking a simple question.

I have a few pair of breast tumor and normal RNA-seq data. I performed differential gene expression analysis using DESeq2 and I have a long list (~1200) of genes being differentially expressed. I also have access to RNA-seq data from 10 other normal tissues (kidney, heart, brain, lung, etc). My adviser asked me to find pair of genes that are differentially over-expressed in breast tumors and can distinguish between the tumor and normal cells.

I do not have an algorithm background, so I am not sure how to do this. It would be amazing if you help me into the right direction to figure this out? is there a tool that can do this?

Thank you,









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ADD COMMENTlink written 4.6 years ago by sidney.shc0

I'd stick your dataset in the drawer for now and use that to validate a discriminant that you build on external breast cancer datasets

ADD REPLYlink written 4.6 years ago by russhh5.5k

You might want to just try some clustering approaches. You could try co-expression methods, like WGCNA.

Unless you have hundreds or thousands of normal and tumor samples, you're going to have a very hard time tackling such a high-dimension problem.  I think trying to use more powerful machine learning approaches aren't worth it without the data.

ADD REPLYlink written 4.6 years ago by pld4.8k
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