What can I do with GO Slims?

 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.