The ICTV announces the following changes to the Executive Committee following retirement of several long-standing members and the election of new members during the 49th EC meeting and Plenary session at the IUMS Conference in Singapore, July 2017:
We would like to thank our retiring members for their many years of service on the Executive Committee and wish them all the best in their future endeavors:
We welcome our three new Executive Committee members who will be serving as Elected Members:
We finally recognize current EC members who will be serving in new roles:
The 2017 ICTV Newsletter #14, July 2017 has been released. The Newsletter can be downloaded here.
The ICTV 9th Report on Virus Taxonomy is also available online in a freely accessible format from this web site at http://ictv.global/9th-report/. This online version contains a complete copy of all chapters published in 2011 in the printed Report. The 9th Report was based on the ICTV taxonomy of viruses released in 2009.
Summaries of the Online Report chapters are published in the Journal of General Virology, ICTV Virus Taxonomy Profiles section. These summaries are linked to the full Online Report chapters on the ICTV website and are indexed in PubMed.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), we have published a paper in Archives of Virology that discusses the history of the ICTV, past and current developments in virus taxonomy, and future prospects. The paper can be downloaded from the AoV link above, or from the ICTV web site.
In June of 2016, the Wellcome Trust sponsored a meeting organized by ICTV Executive Committee members on metagenomic sequencing and its impact on virus classification. Meeting participants have published a consensus statement in Nature Reviews Microbiology that considers the rationale for why metagenomic sequence data should, and how it can, be incorporated into the ICTV taxonomy. This publication includes proposals endorsed by the Executive Committee of the ICTV for moving forward with metagenomic sequence classification. More information is available from this link.
A comment on this article has been published by the Editors of Nature Reviews Microbiology in: "A sea change for virology", Nature Reviews Microbiology 15, 129 (2017).
For previous news announcements, please see https://talk.ictvonline.org/information/w/news
ICTV gratefully acknowledges financial support from the American Society for Virology, Microbiology Society, the Virology Division of IUMS, and Wellcome. ICTV also very gratefully acknowledges the support it receives from all its Executive Committee members, Study Group members and National Representatives who volunteer a huge amount of their time and financial support to ensure that ICTV continues to function for the good of virology. We would also like to thank Donald Dempsey and Curtis Hendrickson from the University of Alabama at Birmingham for their work on the development of the web site and taxonomy database.