VIRALZONE NEWS Electron microscopy images of phages
April 2015
Electron microscopy (EM) images from the virions are now available in most fact sheet pages of tailed phages. They have been inserted into a slider that allows to navigate from the virion drawing to the EM image. We are very grateful to Prof. H.-W. Ackermann who kindly provided us with the electronic microscopy images of most reference phages.

Human virus size February 2015
The picture of most common human viruses has been combined to show virion’s relative size. This comparison highlights the big size of ebolavirus virion, and the small size of hepatitis viruses

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Virus and bioinformatics articles with some microbiology and immunology thrown in for good measure Curated by Dr. Chris Upton

Publication: ViralZone: a knowledge resource to understand virus diversity. Hulo C, de Castro E, Masson P, Bougueleret L, Bairoch A, Xenarios I, Le Mercier P. Nucleic Acids Res. 2011 Jan;39(Database issue):D576-82.

ViralZone current statistics
April, 2015
526 Virus description pages:
  • 97 Families
  • 420 Genera
  • 9 individual Species

211 Viral molecular biology pages

Linking to:
(UniProt release 2015_04)

  • 401 reference strains
  • 16,546 manually reviewed proteins
  • 2,252,858 unreviewed viral proteins

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