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ready Planarian Anatomy and Developmental Stage Ontology

Abbreviation: PLANA

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Anatomy ontology for planaria and terms specific to the developmental stages of the planarian Schmidtea mediterranea. As the regenerative flatworm Schmidtea mediterranea gains popularity as a developmental research organism the need for standard nomenclature and a centralized repository of anatomical terms has become increasingly apparent. Utilization of a controlled vocabulary creates opportunities to catalogue genes and expression data for computational searches across research groups and cross-species comparisons, all while establishing a framework for integration of new terms. We created a Planarian Anatomy Ontology containing 327 terms and definitions for cellular organelles, cell types, tissues, organ systems, anatomical entities, life cycle stages and developmental processes described in the literature. Where possible, extant terms and definitions from Uberon and other open source anatomy ontologies were imported into the ontology to strengthen cross-species queries.


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Created in 2017

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How to cite this record PLANA; Planarian Anatomy and Developmental Stage Ontology; DOI:; Last edited: Aug. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m.; Last accessed: Oct 24 2021 11:24 p.m.

Record added: Oct. 24, 2017, 9:41 a.m.
Record updated: Aug. 6, 2019, 7:30 p.m. by The FAIRsharing Team.

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Planosphere is a Schmidtea mediterranea (freshwater triclad) molecular staging resource and atlas used for comparative studies of embryogenesis and regeneration.

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The Open Biological and Biomedical Ontology (OBO) Foundry is a collective of ontology developers that are committed to collaboration and adherence to shared principles. The mission of the OBO Foundry is to develop a family of interoperable ontologies that are both logically well-formed and scientifically accurate. To achieve this, OBO Foundry participants voluntarily adhere to and contribute to the development of an evolving set of principles including open use, collaborative development, non-overlapping and strictly-scoped content, and common syntax and relations, based on ontology models that work well, such as the Gene Ontology (GO). The OBO Foundry is overseen by an Operations Committee with Editorial, Technical and Outreach working groups.

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