How to write a virus name

The ICTV's recommendation for how to write a virus name.

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  • Dear ICTV members,

    I have a doubt.

    Recently, in an article entitled "A major lineage of non-tailed dsDNA viruses as unrecognized killers of marine bacteria", published online on 24 January 2018, as a Letter in Nature, the authors propose the name of a new family, named Autolykiviridae. In their article, authors uses the name Autolykiviridae in italics for define it as a possible new virus family. Is right to use Autolykiviridae in italics in this case, even when this "new family" is not yet recognized by the ICTV?

    Best regards,

    Eduardo.

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