Logical Development of the Cell Ontology

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Logical Development of the Cell Ontology
Background: The Cell Ontology (CL) is an ontology for the representation of in vivo cell types. As biological ontologies such as the CL grow in complexity, they become increasingly difficult to use and maintain. By making the information in the ontology computable, we can use automated reasoners to detect errors and assist with classification. Here we report on the generation of computable definitions for the hematopoietic cell types in the CL. Results: Computable definitions for over 340 CL classes have been created using a genus-differentia approach. These define cell types according to multiple axes of classification such as the protein complexes found on the surface of a cell type, the biological processes participated in by a cell type, or the phenotypic characteristics associated with a cell type. We employed automated reasoners to verify the ontology and to reveal mistakes in manual curation. The implementation of this process exposed areas in the ontology where new cell type c...
Terrence F. Meehan, Anna Maria Masci, Amina Abdull
Added 12 May 2011
Updated 12 May 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Authors Terrence F. Meehan, Anna Maria Masci, Amina Abdulla, Lindsay G. Cowell, Judith A. Blake, Christopher J. Mungall, Alexander D. Diehl
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