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Viruses 2017, 9(4), 70; doi:10.3390/v9040070

How to Name and Classify Your Phage: An Informal Guide

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Microbiology Research Group, Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZB, UK
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Bacterial and Archaeal Viruses Subcommittee, International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses
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National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA
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Received: 24 February 2017 / Revised: 28 March 2017 / Accepted: 28 March 2017 / Published: 3 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Viruses of Microbes)
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With this informal guide, we try to assist both new and experienced phage researchers through two important stages that follow phage discovery; that is, naming and classification. Providing an appropriate name for a bacteriophage is not as trivial as it sounds, and the effects might be long-lasting in databases and in official taxon names. Phage classification is the responsibility of the Bacterial and Archaeal Viruses Subcommittee (BAVS) of the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). While the BAVS aims at providing a holistic approach to phage taxonomy, for individual researchers who have isolated and sequenced a new phage, this can be a little overwhelming. We are now providing these researchers with an informal guide to phage naming and classification, taking a “bottom-up” approach from the phage isolate level. View Full-Text
Keywords: bacteriophages; phage taxonomy; phage classification; naming guide; classification guide bacteriophages; phage taxonomy; phage classification; naming guide; classification guide
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Adriaenssens, E.; Brister, J.R. How to Name and Classify Your Phage: An Informal Guide. Viruses 2017, 9, 70.

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