What are GO slims?
- GO slims are cut-down versions of the GO ontologies that contain a subset of terms from the GO resource. They give a broad overview of the ontology content without the detail of the specific, fine-grained terms.
What is in a GO slim?
- GO provides a generic GO slim, which is not species-specific and should be suitable for most purposes.
- There are also a number of GO slims which are focused on model organisms, or groups of organisms, such as plants and yeast.
- You can also create your own GO slim, tailored to your needs. Please email the GO helpdesk for more information about creating your own GO slim.
When should I use GO slims?
- GO slims are particularly useful for providing a summary of the GO annotation of a genome, microarray, or cDNA collection when you require a broad classification of gene products.
- You can use the AmiGO GO slimmer tool to map your fine-grained annotations to one or more high-level GO slim terms.
You can find more information about GO slims from the GO slims web page.