Book Review

Book Review Arch Virol (2002) 147: 2038 Tidona, C. A., Darai, G. (ed.): The Springer Index of Viruses. 1449 tabs., 434 figs., XLVII+ 1511 pp. With CD-ROM. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg 2001. Hardcover EUR 279,-. This encyclopaedic work of 1511 pages provides information in a standardized format on all currently known viruses. The book consists of 241 chapters, each devoted to one particular virus genus. With few exceptions, the described genera correspond to the official list of genera recognized by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) in their 7th Report (Van Regenmortel et al., 2000). Each chapter gives information on the virion, genome and replication strategy of viruses in the genus as well as on historical landmarks in each virus group. Information is also given on genus members, nucleotide sequences and viral proteins as well as on biological properties such as tissue tropism, vectors and diseases caused by typical members of the genus. A particularly helpful feature is the extensive bibliography that accompanies each chapter. An alphabetical list of all virus species mentioned in the text is provided as well as a virus code index where each virus is given a decimal code number similar to the system used in enzyme nomenclature. The Mahoney strain of poliovirus for instance has the coded number where the numbers separated by decimal points represent the order, family, subfamily, genus, species, subspecies, serotype and isolate/strain. The decimal code is used in the ICTV virus database currently under development ( Although most of the material that is presented in the Springer Index follows the taxonomic structure approved by the ICTV, there are some minor differences; for instance some of the genera that are included have not been officially approved by the ICTV and this departure from the official list is actually indicated in the text. Another difference is that the typographic convention introduced by the ICTV (Mayo and Horzinek, 1998) of writing in italics the names of all approved species, genera and families has not been followed in the Springer Index. More than 400 virologists have contributed to this reference work and the result clearly is a very useful source of information on all currently known viruses. There are very few omissions, one of them being the absence of any reference to the TT virus. There is no doubt that the Springer Index of Viruses should be acquired by all libraries that need to provide to their users a comprehensive source of information on viruses. References Mayo MA, Horzinek MC (1998) A revised version of the International Code of Virus classification and Nomenclature. Arch Virol 143: 1645–1654 Van Regenmortel MHV, Fauquet CM, Bishop DHL, Carstens EB, Estes MK, Lemon SM, McGeoch DJ, Maniloff J, Mayo MA, Pringle CR, Wickner RB (2000) Seventh ICTV Report, Academic Press, New York, San Diego M. H. V. Van Regenmortel, Illkirch Archives of Virology Springer Journals

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