Questions tagged [biostatistics]

The branch of statistics that deals with data relating to living organisms.

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Additive genetic variance components from LMER in R

I've set up some dummy data in R which makes 40 genetically related lines, they are all siblings within a line so are genetically related by a factor of ½ thus additive genetic variance should be ...
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Is there a standard formula/calculation for sexual dimorphism?

Is there a standard, or most accepted, way to present a value for sexual dimorphism? For example, one could use $$\frac{\text{Female value}}{\text{Male value}} -1$$ This would give negative values ...
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How to interpret Glimmer scores?

I am trying to find orfs with Glimmer. At the end, Glimmer gives me a .predict file with the orfs and a corresponding raw score. When I look at the documentation, it says about the score, "This is ...
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Detect differentially expressing cells

I have data (RNA expression values, obtained with in situ hybridization) collected from 1mio human cells. For each cell, I have the expression value of a negative control (non-human RNA) and single-...
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To what extent does the distribution of nerual transmiters in the brain vary human to human?

Suppose $x$ is a position in the brain, and $n_i(x)$ is the density of neuro recepter $i$ around that point. Any given human will have some distribution of neruo recepters $n_i(x)$ through out there ...
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Correlation seen with low billirubin levels but not the gene that causes Gilbert's syndrome

I was reading the following study on associations between bilirubin and CAD (coronary artery disease). They looked at the bilirubin association, and the genes that cause Gilbert's syndrome, which ...
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How many samples to run an association study on B-Cell receptors

We are trying to find biomarkers on the B-Cell receptor VDJ regions. To do this we plan to run Single cell RNA-Seq (using the solution from 10x genomics https://www.10xgenomics.com/solutions/vdj/) to ...
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How to correlate survival probability to gene expression profile?

I am reading up survival analysis of cancer patients and correlating them to gene expression. I came across this tutorial. Its mostly code. So what I still have not been able to understand is how ...
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Fisher's Method to melt p-values for CpG sites annotated to the same gene?

I have some data I am working with, and I am curious if I am able to combine p-values from a paired t-test for CpG sites in the genome using Fisher's Method to get one p-value for each unique gene. ...
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Replication cohorts in microbial GWAS

Replication in an independent cohort is of course the gold standard in GWAS studies, and many high profile journals will now (quite rightly) not accept finding indicating a phenotype genotype ...
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Using Chi-squared analysis to confirm expected phenotypic ratios of offspring

In a recent question the original poster was faced with deciding which ratios to use in a Chi-squared analysis. They were supposed to decide on, "logically", what test-ratio to use. Example question: ...
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Biological replicates

We are currently doing an screening where supernatans from a bacteria genus are tested againts a pathogenic bacteria cell culture in a 96-well plate where OD is measured each 2 hours. Each ...
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Large set of semen microscope images needed

As a course project I have to write an algorithm whose purpose is to analyze a sperm sample (total number, motility etc). In order to do that though, I need to have a sufficient number of images to ...
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How many cells per germ layer are there in the adult human body?

Assuming that all cells in the adult human body derive from stem cells of one of four types (endodermal, mesodermal, ectodermal, and neural), I wonder what the approximate numbers of cells in the ...
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Fully understanding the Horvath clock and other epigenetic clocks?

My goal is to deeply understand both biological and quantitative theories that underly the Horvath clock and other epigenetic clocks and especially their limitations. I would love to know references ...
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Is it scientifically feasible to compare two samples of different sizes, while values in each sample are average numbers?

I want to compare result from my protein docking experiments to various protein structures of the same protein. I have two samples and in Sample 1, I have ...
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Can anything useful be done with stable isotope data for a single species

This is my first biology question. So I have some stable isotope data on a single species. This data looks similar to the demo data in the siar package for r which looks like this: ...
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Frequency of nucleotide sequences of specific length in DNA

How frequently would you find the nucleotide sequence GGATATCCGC (5' to 3' direction) by chance in a DNA molecule? On average, how many times do you expect to find a specific 20 nucleotide sequence in ...
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Is it okay to scale the RNA-Seq counts after log-transformation?

On an RNA-Seq dataset, I want to apply a clustering algorithm which requires zero-mean uni-variance gene expression levels. I am wondering whether it makes sense to use "scale" function in R after ...