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Virus species polemics: 14 senior virologists oppose a proposed change to the ICTV definition of virus species

Van Regenmortel, M. H. V. and Ackermann, H. W. and Calisher, C. H. and Dietzgen, R. G. and Horzinek, M. C. and Keil, G. M. and Mahy, B. W. J. and Martelli, G. P. and Murphy, F. A. and Pringle, C. and Rima, B. K. and Skern, T. and Vetten, H. J. and Weaver, S. C. (2013) Virus species polemics: 14 senior virologists oppose a proposed change to the ICTV definition of virus species. Archives of Virology, 158 (5). pp. 1115-1119. ISSN 0304-8608

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Abstract

The Executive Committee of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) has recently decided to modify the current definition of virus species (Code of Virus Classification and Nomenclature Rule 3.21) and will soon ask the full ICTV membership (189 voting members) to ratify the proposed controversial change. In this discussion paper, 14 senior virologists, including six Life members of the ICTV, compare the present and proposed new definition and recommend that the existing definition of virus species should be retained. Since the pros and cons of the proposal posted on the ICTV website are not widely consulted, the arguments are summarized here in order to reach a wider audience.

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Additional Information:Van Regenmortel, Marc H. V. Ackermann, Hans-Wolfgang Calisher, Charles H. Dietzgen, Ralf G. Horzinek, Marian C. Keil, Gunther M. Mahy, Brian W. J. Martelli, Giovanni P. Murphy, Frederick A. Pringle, Craig Rima, Bert K. Skern, Tim Vetten, H. -J. Weaver, Scott C.
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