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Virus Nomenclature 

Chapter:
Nomenclature
Author(s):

Harriet S. Meyer

Viruses evolve rapidly…. [A]denovirus, for example,may produce 250 000 DNA molecules in an infectedcell….  Leslie Collier and John Oxford(p12) Taxonomy lies at the uneasy interface betweenbiology and logic.   L. Andrew Ball(p3) If you wanted to call one of your children home fordinner would you go into the street and shout “Homosapiens”?   Michael A. Drebot, Eric Henchal,    Brian Hjelle, et al(p2468)Most medical articles describe concrete viral entities and, therefore, use the common (vernacular, informal) names of viruses (eg, cytomegalo-virus, Hantaan virus, orthopoxviruses). To indicate taxonomic groups, formal virus names are used (eg, Human herpesvirus 5, Hantaan virus, the genus Orthopox-virus).A virus term that ends in

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