The Adult Mouse Anatomical Dictionary: a tool for annotating and integrating data
1 The Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA
2 Current address: OpenHelix, 65 Main Street, Somerville, MA 02145, USA
3 Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute, 5 Research Parkway, Wallingford, CT 06492, USA
Genome Biology 2005, 6:R29 doi:10.1186/gb-2005-6-3-r29Published: 15 February 2005
We have developed an ontology to provide standardized nomenclature for anatomical terms in the postnatal mouse. The Adult Mouse Anatomical Dictionary is structured as a directed acyclic graph, and is organized hierarchically both spatially and functionally. The ontology will be used to annotate and integrate different types of data pertinent to anatomy, such as gene expression patterns and phenotype information, which will contribute to an integrated description of biological phenomena in the mouse.