With the rapid advancement of single-cell RNA-seq (scRNA-seq) technology, many data preprocessing methods have been proposed to address numerous systematic errors and technical variabilities inherent in this technology. While these methods have been demonstrated to be effective in recovering individual gene expression, the suitability to the inference of gene-gene associations and subsequent gene networks reconstruction have not been systemically investigated. In this study, we benchmarked five representative scRNA-seq normalization/imputation methods on human cell atlas bone marrow data with respect to their impact on inferred gene-gene associations. Our results suggested that a considerable amount of spurious correlations was introduced during the data preprocessing steps due to over-smoothing of the raw data. We proposed a model-agnostic noise regularization method that can effectively eliminate the correlation artifacts. The noise regularized gene-gene correlations were further used to reconstruct gene co-expression network and successfully revealed several known immune cell modules. ### Competing Interest Statement All authors are employees of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, and may hold stock and/or stock options in the company as part of their compensation
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