[Jalview-discuss] Changing numbering in alignments
eozkan at stanford.edu
Fri Oct 15 21:47:57 BST 2010
Thanks, that does the job. This would be a valuable feature to add.
By the way, copy-and-pasting wasn't necessary: the end position was
updated immediately when I changed the Name/Description of the sequence.
On 10/15/10 3:23 AM, Jim Procter wrote:
> Dear Engin,
> On 15/10/2010 06:28, Engin Ozkan wrote:
>> I am wondering if it is possible to change the sequence numbering of
>> sequences in any multiple sequence alignment. For example, within an MSA
>> with 100-residue sequences, can I change them to designate residues as
>> 4-104, 510-610, etc. Sequences are not from a database (like a swissprot
>> entry), and I don't see this mentioned in the documentation.
> You're quite right - there isn't a documented option to modify the
> start/end numbering of the sequence, which is a small but significant
> You can actually change the start/end numbering given for a sequence
> using the 'Edit Name/Description' dialog box. Simply add the new
> numbering to the sequence ID using the standard '/start-end' syntax,
> and it will be updated in the alignment.
> However - be warned, there is no error checking for the start/end
> actually corresponding to the length of your sequences (which is
> probably why this was not documented!). I just played with this myself
> to check its behaviour when there is annotation on the alignment, and
> found that there are some surprising 'emergent features' that will
> have to be dealt with in a future release.
> For the moment - should you have to edit the start/end position for
> sequences, make absolutely sure that the start position is correct.
> Then, once you've modified all the sequences you need to, select all
> the sequences in the alignment and copy and paste them to a new
> alignment window - Jalview will then update all the end positions
> according to the number of non-gap symbols actually in each sequence.
> Best of luck! ;)
> ps. I've created a new feature request regarding start/end editing
> here: http://issues.jalview.org/browse/JAL-680
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