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Insect Mol Biol. 2008 Feb;17(1):87-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2583.2008.00781.x.

Anatomical ontologies of mosquitoes and ticks, and their web browsers in VectorBase.

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Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, Heraklion, Crete, Greece.


VectorBase, an integrated, relational database that manages genomic and other genetic/biological data pertaining to arthropod vectors of disease, has recently embarked on the construction of ontologies and controlled vocabularies (CVs). It aims, thus, at providing all necessary tools for the complete annotation of vector genomes and, in particular, the annotation of functional genomic data. This task was initiated with the development of anatomical ontologies of mosquitoes and ticks, both of which were made compliant to CARO, the common anatomy reference ontology. The ontologies are complemented by the development of novel web-based browsers that can show figures for anatomical terms, something that is especially helpful for fully illustrating the controlled vocabularies of anatomy.

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