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  • Easy question from a noobie

    Can someone please explain figure 2 "Scatterplots of Technical Replicates of Brain Sample" in the paper below?
    The x and y axis are both labeled the same "Number of aligned reads (log scale), Brain".

  • #2
    Is your question "what is a technical replicate"?


    • #3
      I think I figured it out.
      According to the paper, they performed 5 technical replicates on a brain sample.
      That means they performed the RNA-seq library build and sequencing on the same brain sample five times.

      So for example, if gene X has the following number of reads that aligned
      Replicate 1, 152 reads aligned
      Replicate 2, 127 reads aligned
      Replicate 3, 98 reads aligned
      Replicate 4, 173 reads aligned
      Replicate 5, 111 reads aligned

      The following 20 points are plotted on the graph

      So basically this graph shows that the fewer reads that map to a gene, the less reliable the data.


      • #4
        It looks like a 2D graph, so I'm reasonably certain it's comparing only two of the replicates. Each point represents the read counts for a single gene in the two replicates.