Differentiating between viruses and virus species by writing their names correctly

Francisco Murilo Zerbini, Stuart G. Siddell, Arcady R. Mushegian, Peter J. Walker, Elliot J. Lefkowitz, Evelien M. Adriaenssens, Poliane Alfenas-Zerbini, Bas E. Dutilh, María Laura García, Sandra Junglen, Mart Krupovic, Jens H. Kuhn, Amy J. Lambert, Małgorzata Łobocka, Hanna M. Oksanen, David L. Robertson, Luisa Rubino, Sead Sabanadzovic, Peter Simmonds, Nobuhiro SuzukiKoenraad Van Doorslaer, Anne Mieke Vandamme, Arvind Varsani

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Following the results of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) Ratification Vote held in March 2021, a standard two-part "binomial nomenclature" is now the norm for naming virus species. Adoption of the new nomenclature is still in its infancy; thus, it is timely to reiterate the distinction between "virus" and "virus species" and to provide guidelines for naming and writing them correctly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1231-1234
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Virology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology


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