Uberon is an integrated cross-species ontology covering anatomical structures in animals. See the about page for more info, or read the Uberon paper in Genome Biology.

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2015-09-27 release

Improved alignment to NCI thesaurus, and addition of HVC nucleus of the song learning pathway of Passeriformes

September 27, 2015 |

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2015-08-11 release

Minor release

August 11, 2015 |

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2015-07-24 release

Improvements to branchy structures (nerves and vasculature), overhaul of image URLs

July 24, 2015 |

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2015-06-22 release

This version is primarily a maintenance release, with some improvements to the skeletal system and a new term for the newly discovered nervous system lymph vasculature

June 22, 2015 |

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2015-05-25 release

Multiple improvements to multiple systems, highlights including enteropneust subdivisions and representation of trigeminal placodes

May 25, 2015 |

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2015-04-23 release

Minor release mostly focusing on the skeletal system and craniofacial improvements

April 23, 2015 |

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2015-04-12 release

This release incoporates multiple improved textual definitions, with wikipedia definitions being replaced either with more ontological resources such as the mammalian phenotype ontology, or rewritten de novo. The alignment with the embryonic mouse anatomy ontology has been updated and improved. Multiple other improvements and new terms, in particular in neuroanatomical and urogenital parts of the ontology.

April 12, 2015 |

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Use of Uberon within the ENCODE project

The Encyclopedia of DNA elements (ENCODE) project identifies properties of regions of the genome such as chromatin structure, protein-binding and methylation. Many of these properties are specific to cell types and tissues, so the ENCODE project uses ontologies to organize and query this information...

April 10, 2015 |

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Structuring phenotype data for invertebrate genomes

Presentation from GIGA2 meeting

March 26, 2015 |

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2015-03-15 release

Cephalopods and comb jellies and sponges, oh my!

March 15, 2015 |

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2015-02-14 release

Incremental release, with new skeletal, glandular, neuroanatomical and heart classes

February 14, 2015 |

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2015-02-02 release

This maintenance release includes multiple new brain region terms based on finer-grained distinctions from neuro atlases, as well as various improvements to other areas such as the digit skeleton

February 2, 2015 |

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2015-01-01 release

This release encompasses multiple improvements in the representation of the nervous system, as well as improvements in textual definitions previously sourced from Wikipedia

January 1, 2015 |

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Bgee release 13, including gene expression calls from 17 species

The new version of Bgee has data from 17 species, all annotated using Uberon anatomical structures

December 22, 2014 |

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2014-12-09 release

Refactoring of ocular glands, incorporation of new CARO classes, and various improvements in reproductive, skeletal and integumental branches

December 9, 2014 |

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2014-11-01 release

Integration of Allen Atlases for adult and developing mouse, human and non-human primate brains

November 1, 2014 |

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2014-10-26 release

Random stuff

October 26, 2014 |

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JBMS Paper: Nose to tail, roots to shoots: spatial descriptors for phenotypic diversity in the Biological Spatial Ontology

Spatial terminology is used in anatomy to indicate precise, relative positions of structures in an organism. While these terms are often standardized within specific fields of biology, they can differ dramatically across taxa. The Biological Spatial Ontology standardizes the description of spatial and topological relationships across taxa to enable the discovery of comparable phenotypes.

August 22, 2014 |

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2014-08-21 release

Adding more grouping classes for teeth, according to criteria such as tooth type, upper vs lower, position within group, primary vs secondary

August 21, 2014 |

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2014-08-18 release

Bug fix release

August 18, 2014 |

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2014-07-31 release

Multiple improvements to muscles courtesy of FEED project

July 31, 2014 |

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2014-07-15 release

Fixes for Phenoscape and BGee

July 15, 2014 |

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JBMS Paper: Unification of multi-species vertebrate anatomy ontologies for comparative biology in Uberon

Our paper on the unification of multiple vertebrate anatomy ontologies has been published in JBMS

July 9, 2014 |

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2014-07-06 release

bug fix release

July 6, 2014 |

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2014-07-01 release

Release highlights include improved alignment with EMAPA and inclusion of all species-specific stage ontologies in the composite-metazoan release

July 1, 2014 |

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2014-06-21 release

Various improvements to facial muscles and supporting skeletal structures from FEED project, plus assorted minor changes

June 21, 2014 |

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Representing Kidney Development Using the Gene Ontology

This paper describes the development of the renal portion of the Gene Ontology and subsequent annotation and analysis

June 19, 2014 |

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This release includes some improvements to the representation of buccinator, orbicularis oris and digastric muscles, based on the Mammalian Feeding ontology FEED. A number of improvements were made to the skeletal system, continued implementation a standard pattern for endocondral bones with particular attention to the ribs and vertebrae. A number of new classes for a variety of systems have been added, including term requests for ENCODE. This release also marks the debut of the platypus bill.

June 15, 2014 |

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2014-05-27 release

odds and ends

May 27, 2014 |

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2014-05-24 release

Reproductive system improvements - more terms for unusual cartilaginous fish and reptile intromittent organs, mammary glands now consistent with GO. Various new terms added for character matrix annotation in phenoscape

May 24, 2014 |

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2014-05-22 release

Various new terms from Phenoscape, including tooth types and ridges

May 22, 2014 |

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Increased linkages between structures and stages. Using new RO IDs for structure-stage relations. Plus pharyngeal pouch fixes

May 16, 2014 |

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A promoter-level mammalian expression atlas

Uberon and the Cell Ontology were used to annotate all samples in the FANTOM5 promoter atlas

May 15, 2014 |

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2014-05-03 release


May 3, 2014 |

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2014-04-30 release

Bug fix release

April 30, 2014 |

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Mostly fixes to definitions, synonyms and labels. Added new terms to represent the baleen feeding system in whales, including the lunge feeding organ

April 23, 2014 |

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The appendicular system in Uberon: changes 2013-2014

A summary of changes and additions in the representation of the appendicular system (limbs and fins) since May 2013

April 11, 2014 |

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Commencing pharyngeal arch improvements. Improved mammalian alignments. Multiple nervous system improvements

April 10, 2014 |

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Cleaning up URLs. Now uses URLs for wikipedia, pubmed, DOIs etc rather than ID literals

March 28, 2014 |

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This release brings in multiple additional lymph node types, with notes from Van den Broek et al Anatomy and nomenclature of murine lymph nodes PMID:16624319. Also: multiple additional terms required for phenotype ontology logical defs.

March 26, 2014 |

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Register for the Uberon workshop, April 5 & 6, Toronto

We are pleased to announce an Uberon workshop, satellite of the Biocuration2014 meeting, to be held in Toronto, Canada, on the 5th and 6th April 2014

March 21, 2014 |

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Alignment with latest release of mouse anatomy. And tusks!

March 20, 2014 |

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Multiple new terms and improved aligned terms with MA and WBls

March 13, 2014 |

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Minor release, fixing of masseter to align with FEED

March 5, 2014 |

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Minor release

March 3, 2014 |

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Welcome to our new website

We're still ironing out a few kinks, please bear with us...

February 28, 2014 |

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Addition of multiple taxon constraints, invertebrate circulatory system additions, multiple skeletal system additions for Phenoscape

February 28, 2014 |

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logo Uberon is an integrated cross-species ontology covering anatomical structures in animals. See the about page for more info.