What is ViralZone?

ViralZone is a web resource for all viral genera and families that provides general molecular and epidemiological information, along with virion and genome figures.

Each virus or family page gives an easy access to UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot viral protein entries.

Cite us: ViralZone: a knowledge resource to understand virus diversity (PMID:20947564, DOI:/10.1093/nar/gkq901)

Who are we?

The ViralZone project is managed by the virus program of the Swiss-Prot group of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics:

  • Chantal Hulo, Biocuration
  • Patrick Masson, PhD, Biocuration
  • Edouard de Castro, PhD, Software development
  • Philippe Le Mercier, PhD, ViralZone team leader, virion graphics

License & Disclaimer


The images are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License. This means that you are free to copy, distribute, display and commercially use the images as long as you credit SwissBioPics as the source.


We do not guarantee the accuracy of the data and disclaim liability for any damages resulting from their use. All data are provided for research, educational and informational purposes only. They are not intended to be used for medical purposes such as diagnosis, treatment or care.


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ViralZone is brought to you by the Swiss-Prot group of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics with support from the Swiss Federal Government through the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).

Protein popups were developed in collaboration with Prof. Christian von Mering and Andrea Franceschini, funded in part by the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics.