could edgeR be applied to gene counts by gene family to make group comparisons?
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eliza_3176 • 0
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Last seen 11 days ago
United Kingdom

Hi,

Since edgeR appears to be designed to deal with count values, I was wondering if it could be applied to roughly detect differences in gene counts in gene families of two groups, for example (numbers below represent counts):

Mock matrix

I'm assuming that each species in such matrix could be considered a replicate within each group, that gene families would be the equivalent to loci, and counts are absolute.

Any suggestion/advice are will be welcome.

Eliza

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@gordon-smyth
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WEHI, Melbourne, Australia

In principle, edgeR could be applied here. However we tend to find that taxa abundances have more technical variability than the negative binomial model would imply. I don't know the best method. We analysed microbiome abundances in a recent paper, so you can read in the methods what we did:

https://microbiomejournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40168-021-01104-y

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