[Bioperl-l] verify format

Scott Markel SMarkel at accelrys.com
Wed Jul 15 11:23:33 EDT 2009


See http://www.bioperl.org/wiki/HOWTO:Beginners#Retrieving_a_sequence_from_a_file
for examples of how to read files using BioPerl.  FASTA is one of the supported

Once you have a sequence object, e.g., after a line like

$seq_obj = $seqio_obj->next_seq;

you can use $seq_obj->alphabet to see if the sequence is "dna", "rna",
or "protein".  

Note that this check is per sequence.  There's no guarantee that all
sequences in a FASTA file are of a single type.

See http://www.bioperl.org/wiki/HOWTO:Beginners#The_Sequence_Object
for other methods that can be called on a sequence object.


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> -----Original Message-----
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> bounces at lists.open-bio.org] On Behalf Of tkd
> Sent: Wednesday, 15 July 2009 5:02 AM
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> Subject: [Bioperl-l] verify format
> Hi,
> I'm computer scientist and I'm new in the bioinformatics world, and
> bioperl ...
> I have a small problem :
> I have a file, which has to be in FASTA format, but it could be wrong.
> So, I need :
> - to verify if my file is well-written in fasta format
> - to verify is the content of the fasta file is protein OR nucloetides
> I think there surely exists someting in bioperl to that but I didn't
> find anything.
> Thank for your help
> tkd
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