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  explained at length why he was unwilling to apply the revised ICTV Code of Virus Classification and Nomenclature  in his new textbook of plant virology . In response to that article, Dr. C. R. Pringle  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  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
Archives of Virology – Springer Journals
Published: Feb 1, 2000
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