Editorial–Virus Nomenclature

Editorial–Virus Nomenclature Virology Division News 1463 Arch Virol 144/7 (1999) Virology Division News VDN C. R. Pringle Biological Sciences Department, University of Warwick, Coventry, U.K. In a letter to the Editor [1], published in the March issue of Virology Division News, Dr. L. Bos of the DLO Research Institute for Plant Protection in Wageningen expressed his disquiet regarding some recent decisions of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). His particular concern was the increasing divergence of the Universal System of Virus Taxonomy favoured by the ICTV from established conventions of biolog- ical nomenclature. While recognising that virus taxonomy is still at a developmental stage, Dr. Bos argued that the ultimate goal should be a latinized binomial system of nomenclature in harmony with systems of nomenclature for other biological organisms. More specifical- ly, Dr. Bos also took issue with the recent decision of the ICTV to amend Rule 3.40 of the International Code of Virus Classification and Nomenclature [2], which now states that: “Species names are printed in italics and have the first word capitalized. Other words are not capitalized unless they are proper nouns, or parts of proper nouns”. The following comments in response to Dr. Bos’s letter are http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Virology Springer Journals

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