Sep 6, 2014

DiffVar: A new method for detecting differential variability with application to methylation in cancer and aging

BioRxiv : the Preprint Server for Biology
Belinda Phipson, Alicia Oshlack


Methylation of DNA is known to be essential to development and dramatically altered in cancers. The Illumina HumanMethylation450 BeadChip has been used extensively as a cost-effective way to profile nearly half a million CpG sites across the human genome. Here we present DiffVar, a novel method to test for differential variability between sample groups. DiffVar employs an empirical Bayes model framework that can take into account any experimental design and is robust to outliers. We applied DiffVar to several datasets from The Cancer Genome Atlas, as well as an aging dataset. DiffVar is available in the missMethyl Bioconductor R package.

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Protein Methylation
Malignant Neoplasms
Silo (Dataset)
Genome, Human
CpG Islands

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