Journal article

Detecting copy number alterations in RNA-Seq using SuperFreq

Christoffer Flensburg, Alicia Oshlack, Ian Majewski

Published : 2020


Abstract Calling copy number alterations (CNAs) from RNA-Seq is challenging, because differences in gene expression mean that read depth across genes varies by several orders of magnitude and there is a paucity of informative single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). We previously developed SuperFreq to analyse exome data of tumours by combining variant calling and copy number estimation in an integrated pipeline. Here we have used the SuperFreq framework for the analysis of RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) data, which allows for the detection of absolute and allele sensitive CNAs. SuperFreq uses an error-propagation framework to combine and maximise the information available in the read depth and B-a..

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