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Comparative and Functional Genomics
Volume 4 (2003), Issue 1, Pages 121-126
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Building a Cell and Anatomy Ontology of Caenorhabditis elegans

WormBase, 156-29 California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA

Received 11 November 2002; Accepted 2 December 2002

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We are endowed with a rich knowledge about Caenorhabditis elegans. Its stereotyped anatomy and development has stimulated research and resulted in the accumulation of cell-based information concerning gene expression, and the role of specific cells in developmental signalling and behavioural circuits. To make the information more accessible to sophisticated queries and automated retrieval systems, WormBase has begun to construct a C. elegans cell and anatomy ontology. Here we present our strategies and progress.