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The ICTV Executive Committee has sent a set of new taxonomy proposals to the ICTV membership (Executive Committee members, Life members, Subcommittee members, Study Group Chairs, and National Representatives) for their approval. The deadline for ratification voting is February 23, 2018. Following successful ratification, proposals will become official taxonomy, and will be incorporated into the new, 2017 Master Species List.
A meeting report provided by Andrew Davison on the 26th IVS meeting is available under the 'Meetings' section of this web site.
An article appearing in the Nucleic Acids Research 2018 Database issue, "Virus taxonomy: the database of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV)" describes the ICTV database and the web-based tools available to query that database: Lefkowitz EJ, Dempsey DM, Hendrickson RC, Orton RJ, Siddell SG, Smith DB. Nucleic Acids Res. 2017 Oct 13. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkx932. PubMed PMID: 29040670.
The Virus Metadata Resource (VMR) is a downloadable spreadsheet that provides information on exemplar viruses for each species. This information includes GenBank and RefSeq accession numbers for exemplar viruses and isolate and common names for viruses belonging to a species.
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:
For previous news announcements, please see https://talk.ictvonline.org/information/w/news