Vertebrate Trait (VT) Ontology
Enhancing the ability to standardize phenotype nomenclature
Vertebrate Trait (VT) Ontology is a controlled vocabulary for the description of traits (measurable or observable characteristics) pertaining to the morphology, physiology, or development of vertebrate organisms.
Iowa State University, Mouse Genome Informatics, the Rat Genome Database, European Animal Disease Genomics Network of Excellence (EADGENE) and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) have worked together to incorporate the Mammalian Phenotype (MP) ontology and the Animal Trait Ontology (ATO) to develop a Vertebrate Trait Ontology (VT), with emphasis on morphological, physiological and developmental traits in vertebrates. This project is aimed at enhancing the ability to standardize phenotype nomenclature across species. This will undoubtedly help the animal genome community by facilitating the transfer of genomics information from some well studied species.
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Carissa A Park, Susan M Bello, Cynthia L Smith, Zhi-Liang Hu, Diane H Munzenmaier, Rajni Nigam, Jennifer R Smith, Mary Shimoyama, Janan T Eppig, James M Reecy (2013). The Vertebrate Trait Ontology: a controlled vocabulary for the annotation of trait data across species. (Accepted for publication by The Journal of Biomedical Semantics (JBMS) Ontology Issue).
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