Possibility and challenges of conversion of current virus species names to Linnaean binomials
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AbstractBotanical, mycological, zoological, and prokaryotic species names follow the Linnaean format, consisting of an italicized Latinized binomen with a capitalized genus name and a lower case species epithet (e.g., Homo sapiens). Virus species names, however, do not follow a uniform format, and, even when binomial, are not Linnaean in style. In this thought exercise, we attempted toconvert all currently official names ofspecies included in the virusfamily Arenaviridae and the virus order Mononegavirales to Linnaean binomials, and to identify and address associated challenges and concerns. Surprisingly, this endeavor was not as complicated or time-consuming as even the authors of this article expected when conceiving the experiment. Copyright The Author(s) 2016.
SponsorsThis work was supported in part through Battelle Memorial Institute's prime contract with the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) under Contract No. HHSN272200700016I. A subcontractor to Battelle Memorial Institute who performed this work is J.H.K., an employee of Tunnell Government Services, Inc. This work was also funded in part under National Institutes of Health (NIH) contract HHSN272201000040I/HHSN27200004/D04 and R24AI120942 (N.V., R.B.T.), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Individual Research and Development (IR/D) program (A.R.M.).
International committee on taxonomy of viruses
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