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Python API that consumes the biomart webservice

Project description

Python API that consumes the biomart webservice.

What it will do:

  • Show all databases of a biomart server
  • Show all datasets of a biomart database
  • Show attributes and filters of a biomart dataset
  • Run your query formatted as a Python dict.

What it won’t do:

  • Process and return the results as JSON,XML,etc. It will only return the Biomart response as TSV format.


Select a dataset

from biomart import BiomartDataset

interpro = BiomartDataset( "", {'name': 'entry'} )

Use proxy

import os
interpro.http_proxy = os.environ.get('http_proxy', '')

Run query: Give me the name and abstract of interpro entry IPR027603

response ={
  'filters': {
      'entry_id': 'IPR027603',
  'attributes': [
      'entry_name', 'abstract'

# Returned format is TSV
for line in response.iter_lines():
  print line.split("\t")

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