Spring 2016

BitPhylogeny: A Probabilistic Framework for Reconstructing Intra-tumor Phylogenies

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 9:30 am9:45 am PST

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Calvin Lab

Cancer has long been understood as a somatic evolutionary process, but many details of tumor progression remain elusive. Here, we present BitPhylogeny, a probabilistic framework to reconstruct intra-tumor evolutionary pathways. Using a full Bayesian approach, we jointly estimate the number and composition of clones in the sample as well as the most likely tree connecting them. In two case studies, we demonstrate how BitPhylogeny reconstructs tumor phylogenies from methylation patterns in colon cancer and from single-cell exomes in myeloproliferative neoplasm.