Apr 2, 2020

Design and power analysis for multi-sample single cell genomics experiments

BioRxiv : the Preprint Server for Biology
K. T. SchmidMatthias Heinig


Background: The identification of genes associated with specific experimental conditions, genotypes or phenotypes through differential expression analysis has long been the cornerstone of transcriptomic analysis. Single cell RNA-seq is revolutionizing transcriptomics and is enabling interindividual differential gene expression analysis and identification of genetic variants associated with gene expression, so called expression quantitative trait loci at cell-type resolution. Current methods for power analysis and guidance of experimental design either do not account for the specific characteristics of single cell data or are not suitable to model interindividual comparisons. Results: Here we present a statistical framework for experimental design and power analysis of single cell differential gene expression between groups of individuals and expression quantitative trait locus analysis. The model relates sample size, number of cells per individual and sequencing depth to the power of detecting differentially expressed genes within individual cell types. Power analysis is based on data driven priors from literature or pilot experiments across a wide range of application scenarios and single cell RNA-seq platforms. Using these pr...Continue Reading

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