Virus taxonomy; classification and nomenclature of viruses; ninth report of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.
International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. Ed. by Andrew M.Q. King et al.

ICTV is the committee that the International Union of Microbiological Societies Virology Division has charged with developing a universal taxonomic scheme for viruses, irrespective of host. Material in this hefty volume is arranged in four parts. The first presents a historical survey and explains the current taxonomic system. The second part, which is the main body of the Report, describes the orders, families, subfamilies, and genera of viruses as of April 2011, with listings of the species associated with each. The third section presents the Committee's personnel, study groups, and statutes; and the fourth section contains a virus index and the taxonomic index. The volume is printed on coated stock and is well produced, and the important taxonomic pages are clearly designed and include color illustrations. Of the four editors, two are based in the UK, one in Canada, and one in the US; 10 associate editors helped oversee the work of a very long list of contributors. Academic Press is an imprint of Elsevier. ( Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)

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