[Bioperl-l] Simplealign question

Sendu Bala bix at sendu.me.uk
Thu Mar 8 11:32:51 EST 2007

Luba Pardo wrote:
> Hello all,
> I am trying to understand the objects of the Bio::SimpleAlign module. I read
> in the doc of the module that you get an array of Seq objects if you use the
> each_seq method.
> So, can you get back the sequences used in the alignment from the align
> object using the each_seq method? For example:
> # Extract sequences and check values for the alignment column $pos (this is
> part of the doc. example)
>  foreach $seq ($aln->each_seq) {
>   }
> what the $seq is? I printed and is a locatableseq object, but if it is a Seq
> object, should I be able to get the actual seq string? I tried something
> like
> ...
> my $seq_obj= Bio::Seq->new();
>  my $x = $seq_obj->seq;
> but it does not print anything.

You just created a new Bio::Seq object and didn't supply any sequence to 
it, so of course asking for the sequence isn't going to give you anything.

When you get a $seq from each_seq() in your foreach loop, $seq is 
already a Bio::LocatableSeq as you already discovered (which inherits 
from Bio::PrimarySeq) so you don't create a new one. You just use it via 
the methods it has:


foreach $seq ($aln->each_seq) {
   print $seq->seq, "\n";

I think it will be very beneficial to you to go away and learn about 
basic object oriented programming:


or even non-perl-specific resources.

More information about the Bioperl-l mailing list