Question: Process split samples
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3 months ago by
iti.gupta0 wrote:

Hey, I am doing RNA-seq data analysis for a particular complex disorder. I have paired sample for each patient (i.e. both the tumor and non-tumor are taken from same patient). The samples which i got are like:

For Patient1

Patient1_R1_L1_01.fq.gz, Patient1_R1_L1_02.fq.gz, Patient1_R1_L1_03.fq.gz Patient1_R2_L1_01.fq.gz, Patient1_R2_L1_02.fq.gz, Patient1_R2_L1_03.fq.gz
For Patient2

Patient2_R1_L1_01.fq.gz, Patient2_R1_L1_02.fq.gz, Patient2_R1_L1_03.fq.gz, Patient2_R1_L1_04.fq.gz, Patient2_R1_L1_05.fq.gz Patient2_R2_L1_01.fq.gz, Patient2_R2_L1_02.fq.gz, Patient2_R2_L1_03.fq.gz , Patient2_R2_L1_04.fq.gz, Patient2_R2_L1_05.fq.gz

The problem is when I merge this sample using cat, the size of the concatenated file thus created varies for different patients (from ~2gb for one patient to ~9gb for other). I assume that difference in the file size will also be at the level of number of reads per sample.

So my question is how to go about it in such scenario? At what step and what kind of normalization should be performed to tackle this?

**P.S.: Please bear with me if i am asking too silly question. I am newby to this field

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 3 months ago by Devon Ryan79k • written 3 months ago by iti.gupta0

I suggest carry on with the sample processing for now, there are other things that must be done first that will influence the normalization (which is many steps down the line):

1) Install and run FASTQC

2) Install and run MULTIQC

3) Post the results of MULTIQC

You will then have a better idea of what is going on in the samples and can go from there.

ADD REPLYlink modified 3 months ago • written 3 months ago by YaGalbi1.1k
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3 months ago by
Devon Ryan79k
Freiburg, Germany
Devon Ryan79k wrote:

The size difference will be handled once you import counts into DESeq2 or edgeR or similar programs. A 4.5x size difference is still within a reasonable range.

As pointed out by kennethcondon2007 though, do ensure that the quality is comparable across the smaller files.

ADD COMMENTlink written 3 months ago by Devon Ryan79k
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