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In Genome Biology this week, researchers in Australia present a scaling normalization method for the differential expression analysis of RNA-seq data. The authors write that, because RNA-seq is likely to become the choice platform for interrogating RNA, and because normalization is an essential step in the analysis, their method proves to be simple. It shows "dramatically improved results ... in simulated and publicly available data sets," they add.

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