ktsirig has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi all! I have this assignment to give in Biology class and I am stuck. Assignment: I am given a sequence of letters, say:
and I am interested in part ABCD, which represents letters #7-#10 as you can see. I am then given the same sequence, which now contains characters like * and !(only these 2 are allowed), say:
and I want to find out which letters now represent the part ABCD. If you count, you see that ABCD is now letters #14-#20 [4*and! were added prior to A and 10 prior to D
What I think must be done is:
1) check how many (if any) * or/and ! were added prior to start letter A(#7)
2) check how many (if any) * or/and ! were added prior to end letter D(#10)
3) add all * and/or ! to starting and ending letter of part ABCD
Has anyone got any hints to give me as to which functions of Perl will be useful for this problem?