VIROLOGY NEWS is a weekly podcast animated by professors Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier from the Columbia University, TWIV:This Week in Virology USA.
Virology and Bioinformatics from Virology.ca
Virus and bioinformatics articles with some microbiology and immunology thrown in for good measure
Curated by Dr. Chris Upton
The 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.
A new family of ssDNA virus infecting archaea has been discovered by ssDNA in archaea: the pleolipoviridae 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.
Hepatitis B virus replication cycle
In partnership with Hoffmann-La Roche, an interactive resource has been created with 28 new pages linking to 180 publications from PubMed. The entry point to the HBV life cycle HBV resource is an illustration depicting the virus replication cycle in a hepatocyte. The cycle has been divided into 27 molecular events that gives access to specific description pages.
ViralZone current statistics
Virus description pages:
9 individual Species
133 Viral molecular biology pages
398 reference strains
16,316 manually reviewed proteins
1,625,623 unreviewed viral proteins
ViralZone picture copyright
All pictures in ViralZone are copyright of the
SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. Permission is granted to use the pictures in academic thesis or non-commercial powerpoint presentations, provided the source is acknowledged (Source: ViralZone:www.expasy.org/viralzone,) Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics