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Nucleic Acids Res. 2009 Jan;37(Database issue):D782-5. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkn613. Epub 2008 Oct 3.

BodyParts3D: 3D structure database for anatomical concepts.

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  • 1Database Center for Life Science, Research Organization of Information and Systems, Faculty of Engineering Bldg.12, 2-11-16 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0032, Japan.


BodyParts3D is a dictionary-type database for anatomy in which anatomical concepts are represented by 3D structure data that specify corresponding segments of a 3D whole-body model for an adult human male. It encompasses morphological and geometrical knowledge in anatomy and complements ontological representation. Moreover, BodyParts3D introduces a universal coordinate system in human anatomy, which may facilitate management of samples and data in biomedical research and clinical practice. As of today, 382 anatomical concepts, sufficient for mapping materials in most molecular medicine experiments, have been specified. Expansion of the dictionary by adding further segments and details to the whole-body model will continue in collaboration with clinical researchers until sufficient resolution and accuracy for most clinical application are achieved. BodyParts3D is accessible at:

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