The recent advancement in spatial transcriptomics technology has enabled multiplexed profiling of cellular transcriptomes and spatial locations. As the capacity and efficiency of the experimental technologies continue to improve, there is an emerging need for the development of analytical approaches. Furthermore, with the continuous evolution of sequencing protocols, the underlying assumptions of current analytical methods need to be re-evaluated and adjusted to harness the increasing data complexity. To motivate and aid future model development, we herein review the recent development of statistical and machine learning methods in spatial transcriptomics, summarize useful resources, and highlight the challenges and opportunities ahead.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Cell Biology