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(jeffa) Re: Finding DNA string mismatches

by jeffa (Bishop)
on Apr 22, 2003 at 14:31 UTC ( #252272=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Finding DNA string mismatches

Hi. This is not an answer. I just wanted to comment that there is a CPAN module (or rather a suite of them) called bioperl (there is even a website). I am always curious why i see lots of questions like this, but no recommendations to use bioperl. I can say for the record that i have tinkered with bioperl just a bit, and it is very complex (as this pdf file can attest). However, if i were doing DNA comparisons and such on a regular basis, i would most certainly put aside some time to learn how to use bioperl instead of rolling my own solutions. At least until i had a good feel for it.


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Re: (jeffa) Re: Finding DNA string mismatches
by BrowserUk (Patriarch) on Apr 22, 2003 at 22:16 UTC

    Given the regularity with which this problem comes uparound here, I concluded that this problem is used as a sample question for those learning to use perl in the Bioinformatics field.

    I have this mental picture of a lecturer somewhere (or several somewheres:), giving the question out as homework, running through the myriad variations of regex and substr solutions that result and then writing 3 lines of perl (including use Bioperl;) to demonstrate the "right way" to do it:).

    As problems go, it is a nice, clean, self-contained, real-world problem with a million possible solutions just ideal for teaching purposes.

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