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101 things you (maybe) didn’t know about MacVector: #39 – Viewing sequence residues in the Map view

OK, so this is a very simple tip that many users already know about. But we get enough queries about this functionality that its useful to go over it. The Editor tab has a fair amount of functionality, but it really is designed for editing of sequences at the residue level – we don’t directly show features or restriction enzyme cut sites in the Editor tab. However, although the Map tab normally shows a graphical overview of the sequence, you can zoom all the way in to the residue level simply by clicking on the Zoom To Residue button in the floating Graphics Palette;

Graphics Palette

When you click on that, you can not only see the residues and graphical representations of the features, but also the cut sites of any restriction enzymes on the sequence, including the structure of any staggered ends;

ZoomedToResidueLevel

If you have the Show residue letters if room option set in the Symbols editor;

ShowResidueLetters

Then you can actually see the translations of open reading frames in the display;

MapTranslations



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