Joint Inference of Genome Structure and Content in Heterogeneous Tumor Samples
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For a genomically unstable cancer, a single tumour biopsy will often contain a mixture of competing tumour clones. These tumour clones frequently differ with respect to their genomic content (copy number of each chromosome segment) and structure (order/adjacency of segments on tumour chromosomes). Whole genome sequencing mixes the signals of tumour clones and contaminating normal cells. The ability to unmix these signals and infer divergent genome structure and content is relevant to current avenues of cancer research. We propose a method to unmix tumour and contaminating normal signals and jointly predict genome structure and content of each tumour clone.
KeywordsCancer Heterogeneity Copy number Rearrangements
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