Virology Division News 1865 Arch Virol 144/9 (1999) Virology Division News VDN 1 2 C. M. Fauquet and C. R. Pringle ILTAB/Danforth Plant Science Center, University of Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. Biological Sciences Department, University of Warwick, Coventry, U.K. Introduction Plant virologists have taken the initiative in the development of a standardized system of abbreviation of virus names in response to the particular problems associated with the naming of plant viruses [1–3]. There is now a compelling case for extending these efforts to embrace all viruses irrespective of their host organisms. Increasing awareness of the diversity of viruses and greater reliance on storage of information in electronic databases call for standardization of abbreviations to avoid ambiguity. The accurate recovery of information from databases is dependent on the existence of unique abbreviations for virus names. For example, the species name Hepatitis C virus is often abbreviated to HCV in the titles of papers and currently approximately 20% of the publications in the Medline database can only be accessed using the abbreviation rather than the virus name. Fortunately in this case there is no significant overlap. In other cases there can be confusion. For example, the abbreviation RSV is not
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Published: Sep 1, 1999
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