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ready Cell Ontology

Abbreviation: CL

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The Cell Ontology (CL) is a candidate OBO Foundry ontology for the representation of cell types. First described in 2005, the CL integrates cell types from the prokaryotic, fungal, and eukaryotic organisms. As a core component of the OBO Foundry, the CL merges information contained in species-specific anatomical ontologies as well as referencing other OBO Foundry ontologies such as the Protein Ontology (PR) for uniquely expressed biomarkers and the Gene Ontology (GO) for the biological processes a cell type participates in. The CL is under continuous revision to expand representation of cell types and to better integrate with other biomedical ontologies.

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Countries that developed this resource European Union , United Kingdom , United States

Created in 2008

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How to cite this record CL; Cell Ontology; DOI:; Last edited: Jan. 8, 2019, 1:39 p.m.; Last accessed: May 25 2019 8:57 a.m.

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Logical development of the cell ontology.

Meehan TF,Masci AM,Abdulla A,Cowell LG,Blake JA,Mungall CJ,Diehl AD
BMC Bioinformatics 2011

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The Cell Ontology 2016: enhanced content, modularization, and ontology interoperability.

Diehl AD,Meehan TF,Bradford YM,Brush MH,Dahdul WM,Dougall DS,He Y,Osumi-Sutherland D,Ruttenberg A,Sarntivijai S,Van Slyke CE,Vasilevsky NA,Haendel MA,Blake JA,Mungall CJ
J Biomed Semantics 2016

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Stem Cell Discovery Engine
Comparison system for cancer stem cell analysis

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Rat Genome Database
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OBO Foundry
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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