Question: Possible Gene Unflattening Error In Bp_Genbank2Gff3.Pl Bioperl Script
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7.2 years ago by
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Panos1.7k wrote:

I want gff3 files for certain Vertebrates, but I could only find the corresponding genbank files in Ensembl. So I decided to download them and convert them to gff3, using the bioperl script bp_genbank2gff3. Even though it produces a gff3 file, I get an error and I'm not sure if the resulting file is okay to use... More specifically, the most frequent message I get is a "Possible gene unflattening error".

I have used bp_genbank2gff3 a few times so far, but it's the first time I'm seeing that kind of error. What I find weird is that, even though it says it encountered an error, it produces a gff file...

If you want to reproduce the error, get the following genbank file


and try to convert it using

bp_genkbank2gff3 Gallus_gallus.Galgal4.73.chromosome.10.dat.gz

For your information, I have also tried first decompressing the gzipped file and then running bp_genbank2gff3, but I still get the same error.

Has anyone else seen this error? If so, how do you fix it?

Thanks, Panos

ADD COMMENTlink modified 7.2 years ago by Emily_Ensembl21k • written 7.2 years ago by Panos1.7k
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7.2 years ago by
Emily_Ensembl21k wrote:

Hi Panos

I don't know about the bp_genbank2gff3 script, but if you can't get it to work, then a workaround would be to download the GTF files from Ensembl, then convert these to GFF3.


ADD COMMENTlink written 7.2 years ago by Emily_Ensembl21k

Thanks for the advice Emily! Why is gtf2gff3 outputting an unsorted gff file, though? Does it, at least, keep the features of a gene (like CDSs, exons, etc) right after each gene?

ADD REPLYlink written 7.2 years ago by Panos1.7k

I'm afraid I'm not totally familiar with the script. The README only shows the example of a single gene so it's not clear. You could test it on two genes and see what it does with them.

ADD REPLYlink written 7.2 years ago by Emily_Ensembl21k
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