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A comprehensive assessment of RNA-seq accuracy, reproducibility and information content by the Sequencing Quality Control Consortium

(2014) NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY. 32(9). p.903-914
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We present primary results from the Sequencing Quality Control (SEQC) project, coordinated by the US Food and Drug Administration. Examining Illumina HiSeq, Life Technologies SOLiD and Roche 454 platforms at multiple laboratory sites using reference RNA samples with built-in controls, we assess RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) performance for junction discovery and differential expression profiling and compare it to microarray and quantitative PCR (qPCR) data using complementary metrics. At all sequencing depths, we discover unannotated exon-exon junctions, with >80% validated by qPCR. We find that measurements of relative expression are accurate and reproducible across sites and platforms if specific-filters are used. In contrast, RNA-seq and microarrays do not provide accurate absolute measurements, and gene-specific biases are observed for all examined platforms, including qPCR. Measurement performance depends on the platform and data analysis pipeline, and variation is large for transcript-level profiling. The complete SEQC data sets, comprising >100 billion reads (10Tb), provide unique resources for evaluating RNA-seq analyses for clinical and regulatory settings.
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GENOME ANNOTATION, GENE-EXPRESSION ANALYSIS, ARRAYS, TRANSCRIPTOME, CALIBRATION, ALIGNER, PROJECT, CELLS, BIAS, PCR

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Su, Zhenqiang, Pawel P Labaj, Sheng Li, Jean Thierry-Mieg, Danielle Thierry-Mieg, Wei Shi, Charles Wang, et al. 2014. “A Comprehensive Assessment of RNA-seq Accuracy, Reproducibility and Information Content by the Sequencing Quality Control Consortium.” Nature Biotechnology 32 (9): 903–914.
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Su, Zhenqiang, Labaj, P. P., Li, S., Thierry-Mieg, J., Thierry-Mieg, D., Shi, W., Wang, C., et al. (2014). A comprehensive assessment of RNA-seq accuracy, reproducibility and information content by the Sequencing Quality Control Consortium. NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY, 32(9), 903–914.
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Su Z, Labaj PP, Li S, Thierry-Mieg J, Thierry-Mieg D, Shi W, et al. A comprehensive assessment of RNA-seq accuracy, reproducibility and information content by the Sequencing Quality Control Consortium. NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY. 2014;32(9):903–14.
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Su, Zhenqiang, Pawel P Labaj, Sheng Li, et al. “A Comprehensive Assessment of RNA-seq Accuracy, Reproducibility and Information Content by the Sequencing Quality Control Consortium.” NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY 32.9 (2014): 903–914. Print.
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  journal      = {NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {9},
  pages        = {903--914},
  title        = {A comprehensive assessment of RNA-seq accuracy, reproducibility and information content by the Sequencing Quality Control Consortium},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nbt.2957},
  volume       = {32},
  year         = {2014},
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