Human Phenotype Ontology

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The Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) is a formal ontology of human phenotypes.[1][2][3][4] Developed in collaboration with members of the Open Biomedical Ontologies Foundry,HPO currently contains over 13,000 terms and over 156,000 annotations to hereditary diseases. Data from Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man and medical literature were used to generate the terms currently in the HPO. The ontology contains over 50,000 annotations between phenotypes and hereditary disease.


The Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) was created to serve as a standardized vocabulary of phenotypic abnormalities that have been seen in human disease. Applications for the data in the ontology include clinical diagnostics, mapping between phenotypes of model organisms, and as a standard vocabulary for clinical databases. Clinical annotations within the HPO are sought from the medical and genetics community to improve the ontology.

See also


  1. ^ Köhler S, Doelken SC, Mungall CJ, Bauer S, Firth HV, Bailleul-Forestier I, et al. (January 2014). "The Human Phenotype Ontology project: linking molecular biology and disease through phenotype data". Nucleic Acids Research. 42 (Database issue): D966–74. doi:10.1093/nar/gkt1026. PMC 3965098. PMID 24217912.
  2. ^ Robinson PN, Köhler S, Bauer S, Seelow D, Horn D, Mundlos S (November 2008). "The Human Phenotype Ontology: a tool for annotating and analyzing human hereditary disease". American Journal of Human Genetics. 83 (5): 610–5. doi:10.1016/j.ajhg.2008.09.017. PMC 2668030. PMID 18950739.
  3. ^ Robinson PN, Mundlos S (June 2010). "The human phenotype ontology". Clinical Genetics. 77 (6): 525–34. doi:10.1111/j.1399-0004.2010.01436.x. PMID 20412080.
  4. ^ Köhler S, Doelken SC, Rath A, Aymé S, Robinson PN (September 2012). "Ontological phenotype standards for neurogenetics". Human Mutation. 33 (9): 1333–9. doi:10.1002/humu.22112. PMID 22573485.

External links

  • Human Phenotype Ontology Website
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