On the relative merits of italics, Latin and binomial nomenclature in virus taxonomy

On the relative merits of italics, Latin and binomial nomenclature in virus taxonomy Virology Division News 433 On the relative merits of italics, Latin and binomial nomenclature in virus taxonomy M. H. V. Van Regenmortel UPR 9021-Immunochimie des Peptides & des Virus, Institut de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire du CNRS, Strasbourg, France In a recent article submitted to this journal, Dr. L. Bos [2] explained at length why he was unwilling to apply the revised ICTV Code of Virus Classification and Nomenclature [19] in his new textbook of plant virology [3]. In response to that article, Dr. C. R. Pringle [26] explained some of the reasons behind the changes that had been introduced in the Code, but his explanations clearly did not satisfy Dr. Bos, who now [4] is moved to reiterate his opposition to the new ICTV rules regarding the typography of virus names. The disagree- ment can be exemplified in the case of the venerable tobacco mosaic virus: when one talks about the virus species, the new ICTV rules demand that it be written “Tobacco mosaic virus”, i.e. in italics and with a capital initial, whereas Dr. Bos, in his textbook, chose instead to use the name “tobacco mosaic tobamovirus”, i.e. a binomial name written in lower case Roman characters http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Virology Springer Journals

On the relative merits of italics, Latin and binomial nomenclature in virus taxonomy

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Copyright © 2000 by Springer-Verlag/Wien
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Legacy
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0304-8608
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10.1007/s007050050036
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Virology Division News 433 On the relative merits of italics, Latin and binomial nomenclature in virus taxonomy M. H. V. Van Regenmortel UPR 9021-Immunochimie des Peptides & des Virus, Institut de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire du CNRS, Strasbourg, France In a recent article submitted to this journal, Dr. L. Bos [2] explained at length why he was unwilling to apply the revised ICTV Code of Virus Classification and Nomenclature [19] in his new textbook of plant virology [3]. In response to that article, Dr. C. R. Pringle [26] explained some of the reasons behind the changes that had been introduced in the Code, but his explanations clearly did not satisfy Dr. Bos, who now [4] is moved to reiterate his opposition to the new ICTV rules regarding the typography of virus names. The disagree- ment can be exemplified in the case of the venerable tobacco mosaic virus: when one talks about the virus species, the new ICTV rules demand that it be written “Tobacco mosaic virus”, i.e. in italics and with a capital initial, whereas Dr. Bos, in his textbook, chose instead to use the name “tobacco mosaic tobamovirus”, i.e. a binomial name written in lower case Roman characters

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Published: Feb 1, 2000

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