Special Issue "Viral Genomics: Elucidating Virology in a Metagenomic World"

A special issue of Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Assoc. Prof. Arvind Varsani
Guest Editor
The Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics, Center for Evolution and Medicine, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
Interests: virus evolution; virus ecology
Dr. Simona Kraberger
Guest Editor
Arizona State University, Tempe, USA
Interests: viral metagenomics; coinfections; evolution; cross-species spillover of viruses
Dr. Gareth Trubl
Guest Editor
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, USA
Interests: metagenomics; viromics; stable isotope probing; environmental sciences; biogeochemsitry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Viruses are one of the most prolific entities on earth, yet it has only been with the advent of modern molecular technologies and tools that we have begun to unearth the true breadth of viral diversity present. Recent advancements in high throughput methodology and sequencing have enabled characterization of viruses across each nucleic acid type and in many of their forms, such as proviruses, virions, and extracellular nucleic acid. These advancements have identified novel viruses and obtained full genomes leading to a new paradigm, where viral genomes are used to investigate viral diversity, molecular dynamics, evolution, and ecology, greatly expanding the known virosphere. To buttress these efforts, other technologies, such as stable isotope probing and bioorthogonal noncanonical amino acid tagging, can be used to provide increased resolution on viruses, revealing their activity and replication efficiency. This special issue aims to cover recent developments in understanding viral genetic diversity, evolution, and ecology using ‘omic approaches to analyze viral genomes.

Assoc. Prof. Arvind Varsani
Dr. Simona J. Kraberger
Dr. Gareth Trubl
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short 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.

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  • RNA virus
  • DNA virus
  • meta-omics
  • genome organisation
  • viral genetics
  • molecular evolution
  • viral ecology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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