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The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) has the task of developing a single, universal taxonomic scheme for all viruses irrespective of host. The Executive Committee coordinates a series of subcommittees and study groups that draw on the experience of a large number of virologists throughout the world and their collective efforts are represented by this Report.
Many sections of the Report rely heavily on the relevant sections of earlier ICTV Reports and we express our indebtedness to the work of earlier generations of virologists. We are deeply grateful to the many people who have contributed to this volume and have cooperated patiently with us in its production. Chapter authors are listed in the Authors section of their respective contributions as well as in the Editors and Contributors section of this Introduction. Editors and Associate Editors are also listed in the Editors and Contributors section of this Introduction.
For the EditorsAndrew J. DavisonPresident of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses
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