Co-expression in Single-Cell Analysis: Saving Grace or Original Sin?

Crow, M., Gillis, J. (August 2018) Co-expression in Single-Cell Analysis: Saving Grace or Original Sin? Trends Genet, 34 (11). pp. 823-831. ISSN 0168-9525 (Print)0168-9525

DOI: 10.1016/j.tig.2018.07.007


As a fundamental unit of life, the cell has rightfully been the subject of intense investigation throughout the history of biology. Technical innovations now make it possible to assay cellular features at genomic scale, yielding breakthroughs in our understanding of the molecular organization of tissues, and even whole organisms. As these data accumulate we will soon be faced with a new challenge: making sense of the plethora of results. Early investigations into the replicability of cell type profiles inferred from single-cell RNA sequencing data have indicated that this is likely to be surprisingly straightforward due to consistent gene co-expression. In this opinion article we discuss the evidence for this claim and its implications for interpreting cell type-specific gene expression.

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics > annotation > gene expression profiling annotation
bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics > genetics & nucleic acid processing > DNA, RNA structure, function, modification > genes, structure and function > gene expression
Investigative techniques and equipment > assays > Single cell sequencing
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Communities: CSHL labs > Gillis Lab
CSHL Cancer Center Program > Gene Regulation and Inheritance Program
Depositing User: Matthew Dunn
Date: 23 August 2018
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2018 14:48
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2020 19:01
PMCID: PMC6195469
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