Researchers conducting global gene expression studies may be assuming too much when it comes to interpreting their data, according to Whitehead Institute scientists. In a paper published in October in Cell, the researchers question the assumption that all cells produce similar levels of messenger RNA — an assumption they say has likely led to erroneous interpretations about the relative regulation of genes in different cell types.

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