Virology Division News 1471 L. Bos Plant Research International WUR, Wageningen, The Netherlands In 1998, ICTV published a revision of the International Code of Virus Classification and Nomenclature  finalizing some revolutionary changes in the naming of viruses, especial- ly (a) the reduction of official virus names to mere mononomials and (b) their in toto italicization. These changes have provoked commotion as to their implications [1, 3] and way of introduction . Initial severe response from ICTV [11, 13] was soon followed by a more lenient reaction and finally by a proposal for reconsideration of the perspectives of binomial names and for canvassing public opinion during the forthcoming Congress of Virology in Paris . For triggering the debate, the perspectives  have recently been posted on the Public Message Board at the ICTV Internet page. The present text aims to briefly elaborate the relationships between the official names of viruses and their common or vernacular names neglected so far, and to summarize and reassess the objections to the original ICTV decisions. To avoid further confusion, we must know exactly what it is all about. Different types of names and the use of names as words Without saying, the revised
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Published: Jul 1, 2002
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