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Virus and bioinformatics articles with some microbiology and immunology thrown in for good measure
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The Host-virus interaction Host-virus interactions menu has been updated to reflect organism specific antiviral activity. By default the page displays vertebrate host-virus interactions, and gives access to invertebrate host-virus interactions, and Plant host-virus interactions. Bacterias host-virus interactions pages are under construction.
The poliovirus replication cycle replication cycle of poliovirus is annotated and linked to virus ontology.
ICTV International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses has released many updates to the viral taxonomy in 2012:
9 new Families, 3 new Subfamilies, and 34 new Genera. Viralzone taxonomy has been updated accordingly, new taxonomic pages are marked by the logo.
ssDNA in archaea: the pleolipoviridae
A new family of ssDNA virus infecting archaea has been discovered by
Pietila et al in 2009. The family comprises now seven species and is tentatively named Pleolipoviridae. They are the first enveloped ssDNA virus described so far.
A self-learning module for students has been developed in collaboration with FAO and IAEA about viral phylogenetic tree. The module comprises four chapters:
Basics, Building Phylogenetic Trees, Interpreting Trees, and Exercices.
ViralZone current statistics
Virus description pages:
9 individual Species
133 Viral molecular biology pages
398 reference strains
16,346 manually reviewed proteins
1,757,465 unreviewed viral proteins
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