Adding Term Comments

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Comments may be added to ontology terms to further explain their intended usage.

Wherever possible, we strive to use standard language for similar types of comments and suggest alternative terms to use.

Some examples of comments, and standard language for their usage, are:

Do Not Annotate

This term should not be used for direct annotation. It should be possible to make a more specific annotation to one of the children of this term.

Example: GO:0006810 transport: Note that this term should not be used for direct annotation. It should be possible to make a more specific annotation to one of the children of this term, for e.g. transmembrane transport, microtubule-based transport, vesicle-mediated transport, etc.

Do Not Manually Annotate

This term should not be used for direct manual annotation. It should be possible to make a more specific manual annotation to one of the children of this term.

Example: GO:0000910 cytokinesis: Note that this term should not be used for direct annotation. When annotating eukaryotic species, mitotic or meiotic cytokinesis should always be specified for manual annotation and for prokaryotic species use ‘FtsZ-dependent cytokinesis; GO:0043093’ or ‘Cdv-dependent cytokinesis; GO:0061639’. Also, note that cytokinesis does not necessarily result in physical separation and detachment of the two daughter cells from each other.


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Last reviewed: May 24, 2017

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