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Towards defining the chloroviruses: a genomic journey through a genus of large DNA viruses

Adrien Jeanniard, David D Dunigan, James R Gurnon, Irina V Agarkova, Ming Kang, Jason Vitek, Garry Duncan, O William McClung, Megan Larsen, Jean-Michel Claverie, James L Van Etten* and Guillaume Blanc

BMC Genomics 2013, 14:158  doi:10.1186/1471-2164-14-158

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Definitions of viruses

Edward Rybicki   (2013-04-18 14:37)  University of Cape Town

A great piece of work - and since I met Dr van Etten in 1982 in Lincoln, after he and co-workers discovered the first PCBV, something I've been waiting quite a long time to see!

I especially like the comment "...which suggests that the recently acquired genes originate from a still largely un-sequenced reservoir of genomes, possibly other unknown viruses that infect the same hosts.", as it meshes really well with what I have been telling students for while now:

"A virus is an infectious acellular entity composed of compatible genomic components derived from a pool of genetic elements."

Competing interests

No competing interests - just admiration for good work.

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