“Megavirales”, a proposed new order for eukaryotic nucleocytoplasmic large DNA viruses

  title={“Megavirales”, a proposed new order for eukaryotic nucleocytoplasmic large DNA viruses},
  author={Philippe Colson and Xavier de Lamballerie and Natalya Yutin and Sassan Asgari and Yves Bigot and Dennis K Bideshi and Xiao-wen Cheng and Brian A. Federici and James L. Van Etten and Eugene V. Koonin and Bernard La Scola and Didier Raoult},
  journal={Archives of Virology},
The nucleocytoplasmic large DNA viruses (NCLDVs) comprise a monophyletic group of viruses that infect animals and diverse unicellular eukaryotes. The NCLDV group includes the families Poxviridae, Asfarviridae, Iridoviridae, Ascoviridae, Phycodnaviridae, Mimiviridae and the proposed family “Marseilleviridae”. The family Mimiviridae includes the largest known viruses, with genomes in excess of one megabase, whereas the genome size in the other NCLDV families varies from 100 to 400 kilobase pairs… CONTINUE READING

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