Bio::Map::MapI - Interface for describing Map objects in bioperl


    # get a MapI somehowe
    my $name   = $map->name();     # string
    my $length = $map->length();   # integer
    my $species= $map->species;    # Bio::Species
    my $type   = $map->type();     # genetic/sts/rh/


This object describes the basic functionality of a Map in bioperl. Maps are anything from Genetic Map to Sequence Map to and Assembly Map to Restriction Enzyme to FPC.


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The rest of the documentation details each of the object methods. Internal methods are usually preceded with a _


 Title   : species
 Usage   : my $species = $map->species;
 Function: Get/Set Species for a map
 Returns : L<Bio::Species> object
 Args    : (optional) Bio::Species


 Title   : units
 Usage   : $map->units('cM');
 Function: Get/Set units for a map
 Returns : units for a map
 Args    : units for a map (string)


 Title   : type
 Usage   : my $type = $map->type
 Function: Get/Set Map type
 Returns : String coding map type
 Args    : (optional) string


 Title   : name
 Usage   : my $name = $map->name
 Function: Get/Set Map name
 Returns : Map name
 Args    : (optional) string


 Title   : length
 Usage   : my $length = $map->length();
 Function: Retrieves the length of the map, 
           It is possible for the length to be unknown
           for maps such as Restriction Enzyme, will return undef
           in that case
 Returns : integer representing length of map in current units
           will return undef if length is not calculateable
 Args    : none


 Title   : unique_id
 Usage   : my $id = $map->unique_id;
 Function: Get/Set the unique ID for this map
 Returns : a unique identifier
 Args    : [optional] new identifier to set 


 Title   : add_element
 Usage   : $map->add_element($marker)
 Function: Add a Bio::Map::MappableI object to the Map
 Returns : none
 Args    : Bio::Map::MappableI object


 Title   : each_element
 Usage   : my @elements = $map->each_element;
 Function: Retrieves all the elements in a map
 Returns : Array of Map elements (L<Bio::Map::MarkerI>)
 Args    :