Mapping genetic variants that regulate gene expression (eQTLs) in large-scale RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) studies is often employed to understand functional consequences of regulatory variants. However, the high cost of RNA-Seq limits sample size, sequencing depth, and therefore, discovery power. In this work, we demonstrate that, given a fixed budget, eQTL discovery power can be increased by lowering the sequencing depth per sample and increasing the number of individuals sequenced in the assay. We perform RNA-Seq of whole blood tissue across 1490 individuals at low-coverage (5.9 million reads/sample) and show that the effective power is higher than an RNA-Seq study of 570 individuals at high-coverage (13.9 million reads/sample). Next, we leverage synthetic datasets derived from real RNA-Seq data to explore the interplay of coverage and number individuals in eQTL studies, and show that a 10-fold reduction in coverage leads to only a 2.5-fold reduction in statistical power. Our study suggests that lowering coverage while increasing the number of individuals is an effective approach to increase discovery power in RNA-Seq studies.
- Downloaded 465 times
- Download rankings, all-time:
- Site-wide: 71,498
- In genomics: 4,928
- Year to date:
- Site-wide: 13,166
- Since beginning of last month:
- Site-wide: 12,981
Downloads over time
Distribution of downloads per paper, site-wide
- 27 Nov 2020: The website and API now include results pulled from medRxiv as well as bioRxiv.
- 18 Dec 2019: We're pleased to announce PanLingua, a new tool that enables you to search for machine-translated bioRxiv preprints using more than 100 different languages.
- 21 May 2019: PLOS Biology has published a community page about Rxivist.org and its design.
- 10 May 2019: The paper analyzing the Rxivist dataset has been published at eLife.
- 1 Mar 2019: We now have summary statistics about bioRxiv downloads and submissions.
- 8 Feb 2019: Data from Altmetric is now available on the Rxivist details page for every preprint. Look for the "donut" under the download metrics.
- 30 Jan 2019: preLights has featured the Rxivist preprint and written about our findings.
- 22 Jan 2019: Nature just published an article about Rxivist and our data.
- 13 Jan 2019: The Rxivist preprint is live!