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The Sequence Ontology: a tool for the unification of genome annotations.

The Sequence Ontology (SO) is a structured controlled vocabulary for the parts of a genomic annotation. SO provides a common set of terms and definitions that will facilitate the exchange, analysis and management of genomic data. Because SO treats part-whole relationships rigorously, data described with it can become substrates for automated reasoning, and instances of sequence features described by the SO can be subjected to a group of logical operations termed extensional mereology operators.

Pubmed ID: 15892872


  • Eilbeck K
  • Lewis SE
  • Mungall CJ
  • Yandell M
  • Stein L
  • Durbin R
  • Ashburner M


Genome biology

Publication Data

May 16, 2005

Associated Grants


Mesh Terms

  • Alternative Splicing
  • Computational Biology
  • Databases, Genetic
  • Documentation
  • Exons
  • Genomics
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Software Design
  • Terminology as Topic
  • Vocabulary, Controlled