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Mapping the transcriptome: Realizing the full potential of spatial data analysis

Lookup NU author(s): Lefteris Zormpas, Dr Rachel Queen, Dr Simon CockellORCiD



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RNA sequencing in situ allows for whole-transcriptome characterization at high resolution, while retaining spatial information. These data present an analytical challenge for bioinformatics-how to leverage spatial information effectively? Properties of data with a spatial dimension require special handling, which necessitate a different set of statistical and inferential considerations when compared to non-spatial data. The geographical sciences primarily use spatial data and have developed methods to analye them. Here we discuss the challenges associated with spatial analysis and examine how we can take advantage of practice from the geographical sciences to realize the full potential of spatial information in transcriptomic datasets.

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Author(s): Zormpas E, Queen R, Comber A, Cockell SJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cell

Year: 2023

Volume: 186

Issue: 26

Pages: 5677 - 5689

Print publication date: 21/12/2023

Online publication date: 07/12/2023

Acceptance date: 02/11/2023

Date deposited: 13/02/2024

ISSN (print): 0092-8674

ISSN (electronic): 1097-4172

Publisher: Cell Press


DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2023.11.003

PubMed id: 38065099


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