Consensus statement: virus taxonomy in the age of metagenomics

Simmonds, P. et al. (2017) Consensus statement: virus taxonomy in the age of metagenomics. Nature Reviews Microbiology, (doi: 10.1038/nrmicro.2016.177) (PMID:28134265)

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The number and diversity of viral sequences that are identified in metagenomic data far exceeds that of experimentally characterized virus isolates. In a recent workshop, a panel of experts discussed the proposal that, with appropriate quality control, viruses that are known only from metagenomic data can, and should be, incorporated into the official classification scheme of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). Although a taxonomy that is based on metagenomic sequence data alone represents a substantial departure from the traditional reliance on phenotypic properties, the development of a robust framework for sequence-based virus taxonomy is indispensable for the comprehensive characterization of the global virome. In this Consensus Statement article, we consider the rationale for why metagenomic sequence data should, and how it can, be incorporated into the ICTV taxonomy, and present proposals that have been endorsed by the Executive Committee of the ICTV.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The workshop and discussions were funded by the Wellcome Trust (grant WT108418AIA).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Orton, Dr Richard and Davison, Professor Andrew
Authors: Simmonds, P., Adams, M. J., Benkő, M., Breitbart, M., Brister, J. R., Carstens, E. B., Davison, A. J., Delwart, E., Gorbalenya, A. E., Harrach, B., Hull, R., King, A. M.Q., Koonin, E. V., Krupovic, M., Kuhn, J. H., Lefkowitz, E. J., Nibert, M. L., Orton, R., Roossinck, M. J., Sabanadzovic, S., Sullivan, M. B., Suttle, C. A., Tesh, R. B., van der Vlugt, R. A., Varsani, A., and Zerbini, F. M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Infection & Immunity
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Infection & Immunity > Centre for Virus Research
Journal Name:Nature Reviews Microbiology
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
ISSN (Online):1740-1534
Published Online:03 January 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature
First Published:First published in Nature Reviews Microbiology 2017
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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