Virus Taxonomy

1st Edition

VIIIth Report of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses

Print ISBN: 9780122499517
eBook ISBN: 9780080575483
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 15th July 2005
Page Count: 1162
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Virus Taxonomy is a standard and comprehensive source for the classification of viruses, created by the International Committee of the Taxonomy of Viruses. The book includes eight taxonomic reports of the ICTV and provides comprehensive information on 3 taxonomic orders of viruses, 73 families, 9 subfamilies, 287 genera, and 1938 virus species. The book also features about 429 colored pictures and diagrams for more efficient learning.

The text is divided into four parts, comprised of 16 chapters and presenting the following features: • Compiled data from numerous international experts about virus taxonomy and nomenclature • Organized information on over 6000 recognized viruses, illustrated with diagrams of genome organization and virus replication cycle • Data on the phylogenetic relationships among viruses of the same and different taxa • Discussion of the qualitative and quantitative relationships of virus sequences

The book is a definitive reference for microbiologists, molecular biologists, research-level virologists, infectious disease specialists, and pharmaceutical researchers working on antiviral agents. Students and novices in taxonomy and nomenclature will also find this text useful.

Key Features

  • The standard official ITCV reference for virus taxonomy and nomenclature, compiling data from 500 international experts
  • Covers over 6000 recognized viruses, organized by family with diagrams of genome organization and virus replication cycle
  • Provides data on the phylogenic relationships between viruses belonging to the same or different taxa
  • Now includes information about the qualitative and quantitative relationships between virus sequences


Research level virologists, microbiologists, molecular biologists, infectious disease specialists and those in the pharma sector working on antivirals

Table of Contents

Preface Part I: Introduction to Universal Virus Taxonomy Part II: The Viruses A Glossary of Abbreviations and Terms Taxa Listed by Nucleic Acid and Size of the Genome The Virus Diagrams The Virus Particle Structures The Order of Presentation of the Viruses The Double Stranded DNA Viruses The Single Stranded DNA Viruses The DNA and RNA Reverse Transcribing Viruses The Double Stranded RNA Viruses The Negative Sense Single Stranded RNA Viruses The Positive Sense Single Stranded RNA Viruses The Unassigned Viruses The Subviral Agents Viroids Satellites Vertebrate Prions Fungal Prions Part III: The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses Officers and Members of the ICTV, 1999-2002 The Statutes of the ICTV, 1998 The Code of Virus Classification and Nomenclature, 1998 Part IV: Indexes Virus Index Taxonomic Index


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" represents an absolute necessity for those dealing with new, so far undiscovered viruses and attempting to classify them within the exsisting taxonomic system." - ACTA VIROLOGICA (2005) "...will be of interest to almost anyone who researches any aspect of virology, uses viruses as tools or, indeed sufferse from virus infection, in order to view their particular virus in the larger context. ...I am confident that my new copy of the Eighth Edition will one day become as dog-eared with frequent use by myself and colleagues as my old Sixth Edition mst certainly has become." - Hugh J. Filed for ANTIVIRAL CHEMISTRY AND CHEMOTHERAPY (2005)