Uberon, an integrative multi-species anatomy ontology

Christopher J. Mungall*, Carlo Torniai, Georgios V. Gkoutos, Suzanna E. Lewis, Melissa A. Haendel

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Abstract

We present Uberon, an integrated cross-species ontology consisting of over 6,500 classes representing a variety of anatomical entities, organized according to traditional anatomical classification criteria. The ontology represents structures in a species-neutral way and includes extensive associations to existing species-centric anatomical ontologies, allowing integration of model organism and human data. Uberon provides a necessary bridge between anatomical structures in different taxa for cross-species inference. It uses novel methods for representing taxonomic variation, and has proved to be essential for translational phenotype analyses. Uberon is available at http://uberon.org

Original languageEnglish
Article numberR5
Number of pages20
JournalGenome Biology
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2012

Keywords

  • INFORMATION
  • SUPPORT
  • DATABASE
  • FRAMEWORK
  • PHENOTYPE ONTOLOGY
  • SYSTEM
  • INTEROPERABILITY
  • BIOINFORMATICS
  • HOMOLOGY
  • EVOLUTION

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