[Bioperl-l] Bio::Tools::Run::Primer3

Chris Fields cjfields at uiuc.edu
Thu Nov 29 21:41:49 EST 2007

It's probably safer to create a new instance each time but it really  
shouldn't be necessary for a wrapper module; this sounds like a bug to  
me.  Could you file it in Bugzilla?

On Nov 27, 2007, at 7:06 PM, Caroline Johnston wrote:

> Hello,
> I was playing around with Primer3, and I hit a problem. Not sure if  
> it's a
> bug or if I was doing something I wasn't supposed to, but if it's the
> latter, I thought it might save someone else half an hour of banging  
> their
> head of a keyboard if I mentioned it:
> What I was doing was roughly:
> # create a primer3 obj
> my $p3 = ...Primer3->new();
> # loop through some sequences generating primers for
> # each of them using the same primer3 obj
> while (@some_bio_seqs){
>  my $res = $p3->run;
>  ...
> }
> This worked fine for a while, but broke when I tried to set  
> at which point it worked for a few sequences then I got a "can't place
> primer on sequence"  error.
> After a bit of faffing about, I think the problem occurs when no  
> primers
> are found. In which case $p3 still has the primers from the previous  
> run,
> which don't come from the current sequence, so can't be placed on  
> it. I
> tried calling $p3->cleanup in the loop, but that didn't work either.
> Creating a new $p3 every time works fine.
> Are you supposed to create a new Primer3 object for every sequence?
> (Apologies if I missed the relevant bit of the docs).
> Cheers,
> Cass xx
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Christopher Fields
Postdoctoral Researcher
Lab of Dr. Robert Switzer
Dept of Biochemistry
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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