We have experimentally found that given gene X causes some phenotype. To start exploring the underlying mechanism, we decided to use TCGA data as its freely available. So within the cancer patients can we simple divide two samples based on gene X expression.
The first thing that came to my mind was Z normalise X gene and get the [-inf, +1.96] and [196,+inf] patients and do differentially expressed gene analysis.
Pleas keep in mind that this is only for preliminary data. So we aim just to hand wave and explore. Any idea would make my day? Please.