Why is the copy number call lower than expected?

Sample heterogeneity can lead to lower-than-expected copy number calls. In the presence of non-tumor cells that have normal diploid genomes, the copy number call is dependent on the copy number of the target gene in the cancer cells and the amount of non-tumor cells in the heterogeneous sample. If the percentage of non-tumor cells in the sample can be estimated, the copy number for a gene can be estimated based on Table 16 in the user manual.

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