Working Virologists and the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV)

Working Virologists and the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) Arch Virol 146/12 (2001) Virology Division News Working Virologists and the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) E. B. Carstens Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada There is an ongoing dialogue concerning the ability of ICTV to meet the needs of the world virology community in a timely fashion. It has been suggested [3] that ICTV has not consulted all members of the virological community who wish to be involved in the development of virus taxonomy and that ICTV does not ensure all virologists are openly invited to help with ICTV work. Having been a member of the Executive Committee (EC) of the ICTV since 1993, I have had the opportunity to see ICTV in action. It seems that there are two major groups of virologists: 1) those interested in virus taxonomy and nomencla- ture, and 2) those who are not interested. Sometimes, these divisions follow virus family demarcations. As with many things in life, those who are interested are usually the ones who have to make decisions and who are willing to do the work. I have been to many ICTV meetings at which certain areas of virology have been under-represented because those Archives of Virology Springer Journals

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