[Bioperl-l] SearchIO hit->description mod?

Smithies, Russell Russell.Smithies at agresearch.co.nz
Tue Jun 29 17:06:33 EDT 2010

Not sure if it's a useful tweak, but is it worth changing $hit->description to return an array? 
Just mentioned it as I notice when I'm parsing search results from Blasts against the NR database, the fasta header line consists of multiple values separated by a CTRL-A. 
$hit->accession will give you the accession of the first element in the header but $hit->description will give you the descriptions of all the rest of the elements.
Probably not explaining it very well but perhaps both $hit->description and $hit->accession should return arrays or maybe use wantarray and return either a scalar or array?
I don't know my way around the code well enough but it probably belongs further up the tree - Bio::Search::Hit? or even up in Bio::Seq?

My hack for just getting back the first description, that matches up with the accession I hope, is:


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