Single-Cell Transcriptomics Bioinformatics and Computational Challenges

Front Genet. 2016 Sep 21;7:163. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2016.00163. eCollection 2016.


The emerging single-cell RNA-Seq (scRNA-Seq) technology holds the promise to revolutionize our understanding of diseases and associated biological processes at an unprecedented resolution. It opens the door to reveal intercellular heterogeneity and has been employed to a variety of applications, ranging from characterizing cancer cells subpopulations to elucidating tumor resistance mechanisms. Parallel to improving experimental protocols to deal with technological issues, deriving new analytical methods to interpret the complexity in scRNA-Seq data is just as challenging. Here, we review current state-of-the-art bioinformatics tools and methods for scRNA-Seq analysis, as well as addressing some critical analytical challenges that the field faces.

Keywords: bioinformatics; heterogeneity; microevolution; single-cell analysis; single-cell genomics.

Publication types

  • Review