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There's a neat trick to get around the lookbehind-thinks-backreferences-are-variable-length problem: embed a lookahead in your lookbehind. It doesn't mind if you use backreferences inside the lookahead.

For the problem at hand, it would go like this

/([QGYN]{2} # First two characters of the desired class (?: # Followed by the complex expression... # Look for a trio starting two characters back (?<=(?!(.)\2\2)..) [QGYN] # Then take another of the desired class ){1,4} # ...1 to 4 times )/gx
This was a trick someone posted some time ago, but it was over my head at the time. Now I get it.

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In reply to Lookbehind and backreferences by Roy Johnson
in thread Perl regular expression for amino acid sequence by seaver

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