Virology Division News

Archives of Virology

, Volume 158, Issue 5, pp 1115-1119

Virus species polemics: 14 senior virologists oppose a proposed change to the ICTV definition of virus species

  • Marc H. V. Van RegenmortelAffiliated withInstitut de Recherche de l’Ecole de Biotechnologie de Strasbourg Email author 
  • , Hans-Wolfgang AckermannAffiliated withDepartment of Medical Biology, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University
  • , Charles H. CalisherAffiliated withCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University
  • , Ralf G. DietzgenAffiliated withDEEDI, Queensland Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, The University of Queensland
  • , Marian C. HorzinekAffiliated withSpes Nostra
  • , Gunther M. KeilAffiliated withFriedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health
  • , Brian W. J. MahyAffiliated with
  • , Giovanni P. MartelliAffiliated withDipartimento di Protezione delle Piante e Microbiologia Applicata
  • , Frederick A. MurphyAffiliated withDepartment of Pathology, Division of Experimental Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch
    • , Craig PringleAffiliated withInstitut de Recherche de l’Ecole de Biotechnologie de StrasbourgBiological Sciences, University of Warwick
    • , Bert K. RimaAffiliated withInstitut de Recherche de l’Ecole de Biotechnologie de StrasbourgCentre for Infection and Immunity, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Medical Biology Centre, Belfast University
    • , Tim SkernAffiliated withInstitut de Recherche de l’Ecole de Biotechnologie de StrasbourgMax F. Perutz Laboratories, Medical University of Vienna
    • , H.-J. VettenAffiliated withInstitut de Recherche de l’Ecole de Biotechnologie de StrasbourgJulius Kühn Institute, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen, Institut für Epidemiologie und Pathogendiagnostik
    • , Scott C. WeaverAffiliated withInstitut de Recherche de l’Ecole de Biotechnologie de StrasbourgDepartment of Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch 301 University Boulevard

Abstract

The Executive Committee of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) has recently decided to modify the current definition of virus species (Code of Virus Classification and Nomenclature Rule 3.21) and will soon ask the full ICTV membership (189 voting members) to ratify the proposed controversial change. In this discussion paper, 14 senior virologists, including six Life members of the ICTV, compare the present and proposed new definition and recommend that the existing definition of virus species should be retained. Since the pros and cons of the proposal posted on the ICTV website are not widely consulted, the arguments are summarized here in order to reach a wider audience.