Stone::GB_Sequence(3) Specialized Access to GenBank Records


use Boulder::Genbank; # No need to use Stone::GB_Sequence directly
$gb = Boulder::Genbank->newFh qw(M57939 M28274 L36028);
while ($entry = <$gb>) {
print "Entry's length is ",$entry->length,"\n";
@cds = $entry->match_features(-type=>'CDS');
@exons = $entry->match_features(-type=>'Exon',-start=>100,-end=>300);


Stone::GB_Sequence provides several specialized access methods to the various fields in a GenBank flat file record. You can return the sequence as a Bio::Seq object, or query the sequence for features that match positional or descriptional criteria that you provide.


This class is not intended to be created directly, but via a Boulder::Genbank stream.


In addition to the standard Stone methods and accessors, the following methods are provided. In the synopses, the variable $entry refers to a previously-created Stone::GB_Sequence object.

$length = $entry->length

Get the length of the sequence.

$start = $entry->start

Get the start position of the sequence, currently always ``1''.

$end = $entry->end

Get the end position of the sequence, currently always the same as the length.

@feature_list = $entry->features(-pos=>[50,450],-type=>['CDS','Exon'])

features() will search the entry feature list for those features that meet certain criteria. The criteria are specified using the -pos and/or -type argument names, as shown below.
Provide a position or range of positions which the feature must overlap. A single position is specified in this way:

   -pos => 1500;         # feature must overlap postion 1500

or a range of positions in this way:

   -pos => [1000,1500];  # 1000 to 1500 inclusive

If no criteria are provided, then features() returns all the features, and is equivalent to calling the Features() accessor.

-type, -types
Filter the list of features by type or a set of types. Matches are case-insensitive, so ``exon'', ``Exon'' and ``EXON'' are all equivalent. You may call with a single type as in:

   -type => 'Exon'

or with a list of types, as in

   -types => ['Exon','CDS']

The names ``-type'' and ``-types'' can be used interchangeably.

$seqObj = $entry->bioSeq;

Returns a Bio::Seq object from the Bioperl project. Dies with an error message unless the Bio::Seq module is installed.


Lincoln D. Stein <[email protected]>.


Copyright 1997-1999, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor NY. This module can be used and distributed on the same terms as Perl itself.