[Biopython-dev] [Bug 2530] New: Bio.Seq.translate() treats invalid codons as stops

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Sat Jun 28 20:09:44 UTC 2008


           Summary: Bio.Seq.translate() treats invalid codons as stops
           Product: Biopython
           Version: Not Applicable
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Main Distribution
        AssignedTo: biopython-dev at biopython.org
        ReportedBy: biopython-bugzilla at maubp.freeserve.co.uk

The following results are with CVS.  Biopython 1.45 may be different, I have
recently tweaked the translate function for some less dramatic issues.

I would like Bio.Seq.translate() to raise exceptions on untranslatable codons,
rather than inserting a stop character.  e.g. for "N at N" or "TA-".


>>> from Bio.Seq import translate
>>> translate("TAA")
>>> translate("TAG")
>>> translate("TAA")
>>> translate("TAC")
>>> translate("TAN")
Bio.Data.CodonTable.TranslationError: 'TAN'
>>> translate("NNN")
Bio.Data.CodonTable.TranslationError: 'TAN'
>>> translate("AAA")
>>> translate("ANA")
>>> translate("AXA")

That is all fine.  However,

>>> translate("A at A")
>>> translate("A-A")

These should also raise a TranslationError.  Suggested non-trivial patch to

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