I have a bulk RNA-seq dataset made up of control and treatment conditions for a range of cell lines. This dataset was generated in two batches, such that the cell lines are split between batches but both the treatment and control for each cell line are within the same batch. As the cell lines are very different, I'm looking to do DE analysis for each cell line and then compare these DE responses between cell lines.
I'm wondering whether batch effect correction is useful here since I'm only ever comparing DE values and not the raw counts themselves. Also, the baseline expression values for the cells lines are so different that they already constitute a strong biological batch effect that is perfectly correlated with the technical batch effect, which batch correction wouldn't be able to account for.