A Restriction Mapping Engine Using Constraint Logic Programming

Trevor I. Dix and Chut N. Yee

Restriction mapping generally requires the application of information from various digestions by restriction enzymes to find solution sets. We use both the predicate calculus and constraint solving capabilities of CLP(R) to develop an engine for restriction mapping. Many of the techniques employed by biologists to manually find solutions are supported by the engine in a consistent manner. We provide generalized pipeline and cross-multiply operators for combining sub-maps. Our approach encourages the building of maps iteratively. We show how other techniques can be readily incorporated.

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