As we saw with the plasmid debate, there are biological entities that are used as tools.
We have gone some way to clarify the situation for plasmids - they are replicons - but need to address reagents in some way.
WWe have an attribute 'engineered', and a features 'reagent' and 'vector'.
We need to answer these questions proposed by Colin in the tracker about plasmids, and straighten out the ontology.
engineered_plasmid (SO:0000637)---are there any plasmids used as reagents
which haven't been engineered? (I know Michelle mentioned this last week.)
Should it have the quality of being a vector rather than a reagent?
integrated_plasmid (SO:0001040)---not currently a child of plasmid.
plasmid_vector (SO:0000755)---not currently defined. How does it differ
from an engineered_plasmid?
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