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Unified Medical Language System® (UMLS®)

2013AB UMLS NCBI Taxonomy Source Information

Web site:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Taxonomy/

Authority
The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Taxonomy is produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).

NCBI Taxonomy is not a primary source for taxonomic or phylogenetic information and should not be cited as an authority.

Purpose
The NCBI Taxonomy incorporates phylogenetic and taxonomic knowledge from a variety of sources, including the published literature, Web-based databases, and the advice of sequence submitters and outside taxonomy experts.

Description
NCBI Taxonomy contains the names of all organisms that are represented in the NCBI genetic databases with at least one nucleotide or protein sequence.

Metathesaurus Scope
The Metathesaurus representation of the NCBI taxonomy includes selected scientific names, synonyms, equivalent names and common names for concepts at or above the "species" level in the taxonomy.

Update Frequency
NCBI Taxonomy is updated regularly.

Metathesaurus Update Frequency
NCBI Taxonomy is updated annually in the Metathesaurus.

Sites Consulted

  1. National Center for Biotechnology Information [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US); [revised 2008 July 23]. Databases and Tools: Entrez Databases; [cited 2008 Sept 29]. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/About/tools/restable_mol.html
  2. NCBI Taxonomy [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US). How to Reference the NCBI Taxonomy Database; [cited 2008 Sept 29]. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Taxonomy/taxonomyhome.html/index.cgi?chapter=howcite