Genome-scale phylogeny of the alphavirus genus suggests a marine origin.

  title={Genome-scale phylogeny of the alphavirus genus suggests a marine origin.},
  author={Naomi L Forrester and Gustavo Palacios and Robert B. Tesh and Nazir Savji and Hilda Guzm{\'a}n and Michael Sherman and Scott C. Weaver and W. Ian Lipkin},
  journal={Journal of virology},
  volume={86 5},
The genus Alphavirus comprises a diverse group of viruses, including some that cause severe disease. Using full-length sequences of all known alphaviruses, we produced a robust and comprehensive phylogeny of the Alphavirus genus, presenting a more complete evolutionary history of these viruses compared to previous studies based on partial sequences. Our phylogeny suggests the origin of the alphaviruses occurred in the southern oceans and spread equally through the Old and New World. Since lice… CONTINUE READING
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