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This article reports the changes to virus taxonomy approved and ratified by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) in February 2019. Of note, in addition to seven new virus families, the ICTV has approved, by an absolute majority, the creation of the realm Riboviria, a likely monophyletic group encompassing all viruses with positive-strand, negative-strand and double-strand genomic RNA that use cognate RNA-directed RNA polymerases for replication.

Original publication

DOI

10.1007/s00705-019-04306-w

Type

Journal article

Journal

Arch Virol

Publication Date

09/2019

Volume

164

Pages

2417 - 2429

Keywords

Committee Membership, RNA, Viral, Terminology as Topic, Virology, Viruses