Thursday, 16 May 2019

The secondary metabolism of pineberry strawberries

For an upcoming open-day we will extract DNA from strawberries. For this I made a slide that explains how DNA mutations lead to protein variants, than in turn lead to different phenotypes (redness in the strawberry's case). In doing this, I got fascinated by a strawberry cultivar called "Pineberry". But not because it is unpigmented, but because the reviews online say it is bland, which means that a rather early enzyme is missing resulting in a unpigmented phenotype and a bland phenotype.

Sunday, 24 March 2019

An arrow between Bootstrap cards

Recently I wanted to add an arrow (as in the triangle at the side of a tooltip or popover) pointing one card to its neighbour. It is only a few lines of code, but oddly the solutions available online are overly complex and wasteful. So this is my barebone solution.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Uniprot XML and Python ElementTree

Biopython does not have support for Uniprot. The reason is because it holds so much data that it would defeat the point to introduce a complex standard that the user would have to try and remember and the best way is for the user to choose themselves what piece of data they want.
Here I discuss the best way to deal with Uniprot XML files using ElementTree, which is really nice, but awkward at times, hence why I talk about a few monkeypatches that help. If you do not wish to deal with ElementTree (say you want a really quick, bu messy fix) see my post about complicated dictionaries.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

PDB in Office 365

Today I noticed that Word and the rest of Office 365 (i.e. Powerpoint included) can read .obj files (Wavefront files).
This means that I can export in PyMol (via the command "save whatever.obj") a .pse/.pdb to .obj file and open it in Word or Powerpoint or even Outlook. Quite fun and potentially useful little feature. Do note that colours are obviously lost, so it is a bit limiting. The loss of colour is due to PyMOL (Blender exported Wavefront files are textured). Also, only the cartoon of every residue is given, not only visible, and all sticks etc. are lost.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Phosphorylated PDB files

Sometime in human protein, a residue is phosphorylated, yet the model one gets from I-TASSER, Phyre etc. or the actual PDB structure lacks these. Here is how to add them easily and quickly with Rosetta.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

A failsafe decorator for a python class

Often a Python class may have lots of bound methods that may fail, but it is not really a problem. Here I present a tidy way to deal with catching the errors with a decorator.