## Figure 3.
Determination of the optimal number of control genes for normalization.
(a) Pairwise variation (V_{n/n + 1}) analysis between the normalization factors NF_{n} and NF_{n + 1} to determine the number of control genes required for accurate normalization (arrowhead
= optimal number of control genes for normalization). (b) Selected scatterplots of normalization factors before (x-axis) and after (y-axis) inclusion of an (n + 1)th control gene (r = Spearman rank correlation coefficient). Low variation values, V, correspond to high correlation coefficients. It is clear that there is no need to
include more than three, four or five control genes for fibroblast (A), neuroblastoma
(B) and the normal pooled tissues (D), respectively. In contrast, panel C demonstrates
that inclusion of at least a fourth control gene is required for the normal pooled
tissues.
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