[Bioperl-l] Taxonomy hierarchy extraction

Sendu Bala bix at sendu.me.uk
Tue Jun 19 03:01:05 EDT 2007

Jason Stajich wrote:
> The reason it isn't printing anything is someone didn't really write  
> the implementation quite right. This code was overhauled by Sendu  
> before the last release I guess something didn't quite get connected.
> I checked in code that has the Bio::Taxon delegating now to a DB  
> handle for the each_Descendent call.
> You can either patch your code  or just use the code listed here:
>   http://bioperl.org/wiki/Module:Bio::DB::Taxonomy

I've reverted that change.

For some reason the docs for Bio::Taxon::each_Descendent aren't showing 
up on the website, but they state:

Note that this method never asks the database for the descendents; it 
will only return objects you have manually set with add_Descendent(), or 
where this was done for you by making a Bio::Tree::Tree with this object 
as an argument to new().

To get the database descendents use 

I also have a note in the Synopsis for the module:

# Though be careful with each_Descendent - unless you add_Descendent()
# yourself, you won't get an answer because unlike for ancestor(),
# Bio::Taxon does not ask the database for the answer. You can ask the
# database yourself using the same method:
($human) = $homo->db_handle->each_Descendent($homo);

This is quite deliberate and is to prevent Bad Things from happening. 
(Can't exactly remember the reasoning now, but I know it was good.)

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