Special Issue "Endogenous Viruses"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2014)
Prof. Dr. Welkin Johnson (Website)
Biology Department Higgins 545, Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
Interests: retroviruses; primate lentiviruses (HIV and SIV); co-evolution of viruses and their hosts
The genomes of living organisms are richly imbued with endogenous viral sequences, accumulated across the broad expanse of evolutionary time. While the most abundant and best studied of these are the endogenous retroviruses (ERV), we now appreciate that all manner of viruses have contributed sequences to host germline DNA. It is also clear that endogenous viral sequences can be found in organisms representing all the domains of life, from the smallest microbes to the largest plants and animals on earth. Endogenous viruses reflect the natural history of both virus and host, and are likely to have played significant roles in organismal evolution. In this Special Issue, we seek to explore all aspects of endogenous viruses, including the mechanisms and biological consequences of endogenization, the potential contributions of endogenous viruses to host evolution and ecology, and the use of endogenous loci for reconstructing the natural history of viruses and their hosts.
Prof. Dr. Welkin Johnson
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Viruses is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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