Virology Division News 2247 Arch Virol (2002) 147: 2247–2250 Virology Division News VDN Only italicised species names of viruses have a taxonomic meaning 1 2 M. H. V. Van Regenmortel and C. M. Fauquet ESBS, CNRS, Illkirch, France ILTAB/Danforth Plant Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. In a recent article in these columns, L. Bos  once again criticised the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) for having introduced in 1998 a number of changes to the International Code of Virus Classification and Nomenclature . Bos actually misrepresents the changes that were introduced in the Code and fails to recognise that official virus species names became necessary once the species category had been accepted as the lowest but most fundamental taxonomic level in virus classification. Official or international species names adopted by the ICTV became the scientific names of virus species, they were written in italics like the names of genus and family taxa and they were of course not to be translated into other languages. Names like Mus musculus or Picornaviridae are obviously not translatable. Bos berates the ICTV for not becoming involved in deciding which common or vernacular virus names should be used in different languages. He
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Published: Oct 1, 2002
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