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Members of this genus infect Staphylococcus sp. The type species is Staphylococcus virus Twort. The genome of the exemplar isolate of the type species is 130 kbp, with a total of 195 gene coding sequences and no tRNAs.
See discussion under family description.
Members of the genus infect Staphylococcus sp.
Twortvirus: derived from the name of the exemplar isolate, Staphylococcus phage Twort, of the type species, itself named after Frederick William Twort (1877–1950), the English bacteriologist who discovered prokaryotic viruses in 1915.
Members of the same species are more than 95% identical in genome nucleotide sequence, including the terminal repeat region. Phages with genomes that differ by more than 5% are assigned to different species.
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