The Mammalian Phenotype Ontology as a tool for annotating, analyzing and comparing phenotypic information

Genome Biol. 2005;6(1):R7. doi: 10.1186/gb-2004-6-1-r7. Epub 2004 Dec 15.


The Mammalian Phenotype (MP) Ontology enables robust annotation of mammalian phenotypes in the context of mutations, quantitative trait loci and strains that are used as models of human biology and disease. The MP Ontology supports different levels and richness of phenotypic knowledge and flexible annotations to individual genotypes. It continues to develop dynamically via collaborative input from research groups, mutagenesis consortia, and biological domain experts. The MP Ontology is currently used by the Mouse Genome Database and Rat Genome Database to represent phenotypic data.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Computational Biology / methods*
  • Databases, Genetic*
  • Genome
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Mammals / genetics*
  • Mice
  • Mutation / genetics
  • Phenotype*
  • Quantitative Trait Loci / genetics
  • Rats
  • Terminology as Topic
  • Vocabulary, Controlled*