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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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 (US)
Article numberR5
JournalGenome biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 31 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology


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