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Title: Muscle Logic: New Knowledge Resource for Anatomy Enables Comprehensive Searches of the Literature on the Feeding Muscles of Mammals

Here we present the Mammalian Feeding Muscle Ontology (MFMO), a multi-species ontology focused on anatomical structures that participate in feeding and other oral/pharyngeal behaviors. A unique feature of the MFMO is that a simple, computable, definition of each muscle, which includes its attachments and innervation, is true across mammals. This construction mirrors the logical foundation of comparative anatomy and permits searches using language familiar to biologists. Further, it provides a template for muscles that will be useful in extending any anatomy ontology. The MFMO is developed to support the Feeding Experiments End-User Database Project (FEED,, a publicly-available, online repository for physiological data collected from in vivo studies of feeding (e.g., mastication, biting, swallowing) in mammals. Currently the MFMO is integrated into FEED and also into two literature-specific implementations of Textpresso, a text-mining system that facilitates powerful searches of a corpus of scientific publications. We evaluate the MFMO by asking questions that test the ability of the ontology to return appropriate answers (competency questions). Lastly, we compare the results of queries of the MFMO to results from similar searches in PubMed and Google Scholar. Our tests demonstrate that the MFMO is competent to answer queries formed in the common languagemore » of comparative anatomy, but PubMed and Google Scholar are not. Overall, our results show that by incorporating anatomical ontologies into searches, an expanded and anatomically comprehensive set of results can be obtained. The broader scientific and publishing communities should consider taking up the challenge of semantically enabled search capabilities.« less
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  1. Univ. of Illinois, Chicago, IL (United States)
  2. RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States)
  3. Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (United States)
  4. California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States)
  5. Northeast Ohio Medical Univ., Rootstown, OH (United States)
  6. Oregon Health and Science Univ., Portland, OR (United States)
  7. National Museum of Natural History, Paris (France)
  8. Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States)
  9. National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, Durham, NC (United States); Duke Univ., Durham, NC (United States)
  10. Univ. of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD (United States)
  11. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  12. California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States); California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States). Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  13. Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH (United States)
  14. Duke Univ., Durham, NC (United States)
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Journal Volume: 11; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 1932-6203
Public Library of Science
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Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
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United States
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OSTI ID: 1379069