Category Archives: Documentation

Chromosome Diagrams in Biopython

One of the new things coming in Biopython 1.59 is improved chromosome diagrams, something you may have seen via Twitter. I’ve just been updating the Biopython Tutorial (current version here, PDF) to include an example drawing this: Here’s a PDF … Continue reading

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Introduction of OpenID logins for OBF wikis

Due to a huge influx of spam across all OBF wikis, we are in the process of locking down new user account creation and adding OpenID logins for the OBF wikis (BioPerl example). User account creation via the old login … Continue reading

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BioRuby paper published

After 10 years of development, the BioRuby paper is finally published in the Bioinformatics journal.  The article is open access, so please take a look. BioRuby: Bioinformatics software for the Ruby programming language Naohisa Goto, Pjotr Prins, Mitsuteru Nakao, Raoul … Continue reading

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BioPerl has moved to GitHub

BioPerl has migrated to git and GitHub!  We have also set up a mirror set of several key repositories at the great public git hosting site repo.or.cz. If you are a current BioPerl developer (had a previous account for direct access … Continue reading

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Illumina FASTQ files – Read Segment Quality Control Indicator

In another quirk to the FASTQ story, recent Illumina FASTQ files don’t actually use the full range of PHRED scores – and a score of 2 has a special meaning, The Read Segment Quality Control Indicator (RSQCI, encoded as ‘B’). … Continue reading

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Making Biopython SeqIO and AlignIO easier

One of the small changes coming in Biopython 1.54 (which you can try out already using the Biopython 1.54 beta) is to Bio.SeqIO and Bio.AlignIO. Previously the input and output functions had required file handles, but they will now also … Continue reading

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Sanger FASTQ format and the Solexa/Illumina variants

I’m delighted to announce an open access publication in Nucleic Acids Research describing the FASTQ file format based on the conventions agreed by the OBF projects: The Sanger FASTQ file format for sequences with quality scores, and the Solexa/Illumina FASTQ … Continue reading

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Interleaving paired FASTQ files with Biopython

This post is about paired end data (FASTA or FASTQ) and manipulating it with Biopython’s Bio.SeqIO module (see also FASTQ conversions & speeding up FASTQ).

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BioPerl core 1.6.1 PPM available

BioPerl 1.6.1 is now available for ActivePerl as a PPM, instructions for downloading can be found on the BioPerl wiki. This has been tested only for ActivePerl 5.10 and above, so any feedback with older versions of BioPerl would be … Continue reading

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BioPerl 1.6.1 released

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of BioPerl 1.6.1, the latest release of BioPerl’s core code. You can grab it here: Via CPAN: http://search.cpan.org/~cjfields/BioPerl-1.6.1/ Via the BioPerl website: http://bioperl.org/DIST/BioPerl-1.6.1.tar.bz2 http://bioperl.org/DIST/BioPerl-1.6.1.tar.gz http://bioperl.org/DIST/BioPerl-1.6.1.zip The PPM for Windows should also finally … Continue reading

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