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Binomial nomenclature for virus species: a consultation

Stuart Siddell 1 Peter Walker 2 Elliot Lefkowitz 3 Arcady Mushegian 4 Bas Dutilh 5, 6 Balázs Harrach 7 Robert Harrison 8 Sandra Junglen 9, 10 Nick Knowles 11 Andrew Kropinski 12 Mart Krupovic 13 Jens Kuhn 14 Max Nibert 15 Luisa Rubino 16 Sead Sabanadzovic 17 Peter Simmonds 18 Arvind Varsani 19 Francisco Murilo Zerbini 20 Andrew Davison 21, *
Abstract : The Executive Committee of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) recognizes the need for a standardized nomenclature for virus species. This article sets out the case for establishing a binomial nomenclature and presents the advantages and disadvantages of different naming formats. The Executive Committee understands that adopting a binomial system would have major practical consequences, and invites comments from the virology community before making any decisions to change the existing nomenclature. The Executive Committee will take account of these comments in deciding whether to approve a standardized binomial system at its next meeting in October 2020. Note that this system would relate only to the formal names of virus species and not to the names of viruses.
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Stuart Siddell, Peter Walker, Elliot Lefkowitz, Arcady Mushegian, Bas Dutilh, et al.. Binomial nomenclature for virus species: a consultation. Archives of Virology, Springer Verlag, 2020, 165 (2), pp.519-525. ⟨10.1007/s00705-019-04477-6⟩. ⟨pasteur-02568510⟩



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