[BioC] LIMMA: uneven replication of samples

Gordon K Smyth smyth at wehi.EDU.AU
Sat Mar 5 03:43:17 CET 2005

> Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2005 08:58:01 +0100
> From: "Jakob Hedegaard" <Jakob.Hedegaard at agrsci.dk>
> Subject: [BioC] LIMMA: uneven replication of samples
> To: <bioconductor at stat.math.ethz.ch>
> Hi!
> I am going to analyze data from an cDNA microarray experiment conducted
> to compare "diseased" and "healthy" pigs.
> The experiment has been conducted as a "classical common reference"
> experiment with the reference labeled with the same dye on all slides. A
> total of 24 animals are included in the experiment (12 "diseased" and 12
> "healthy").
> Question: one of the "diseased" and one of the "healthy" animals have
> been replicated three times resulting in a total of 28 slides.
> How should this replication be handled in the analysis using LIMMA?

How far have you got with reading the documentation?  This is called "technical replication" and
there's a section on it in the Limma User's Guide.

But, really, with only two of the animals replicated, if your purpose is to find differentially
expressed genes, it would be simpler and probably equally good to just choose the best quality
slide for those each of those two animals and discard the other two.


> Looking forward hearing from you!
> Jakob
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