Using ontologies to do integrative systems biology
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To really get ahead with complex health problems like cancer and diabetes we need to become better at combining different types of studies, including large scale genomics and genetics studies and we need to learn to better combine such studies with biological knowledge we already. Typically that leads to questions like “I did this study with high-fat low fat diet comparison in mice and looked at the transcriptomics results in liver, fat and muscle. Did somebody else maybe do a study like that and publish the data, maybe for proteomics? Could I find that in one of these open data repositories?”. Or, “I did that, can I find which biological pathways are affected most and whether any of the proteins in that pathway is a known target for an existing drug?”. Or even “I did that study, could I find another study that yielded the same kind of biological results even if it was from a different research field with a completely different result?”.
To answer this kind of questions we need to describe studies and study results, structure knowledge allow mapping of “equal” things with different identifier schemes and essentially do a lot of mapping to and between ontologies. More and more of this is getting real and I will try to describe some of that.
Homepage for this webinar is here: http://www.bioontology.org/ontologies-in-integrative-systems-biology
It is part of this series: http://www.bioontology.org/webinar-series
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