Genome sequence and comparative virulence of raccoonpox virus: the first North American poxvirus sequence.

  title={Genome sequence and comparative virulence of raccoonpox virus: the first North American poxvirus sequence.},
  author={Clare Fleischauer and Chris Upton and Joseph G. Victoria and Gwendolyn J. B. Jones and Rachel L. Roper},
  journal={The Journal of general virology},
  volume={96 9},
We report here the complete genome sequence of raccoonpox virus (RCNV), a naturally occurring North American poxvirus. This is the first such North American sequence to the best of our knowledge, and the data showed that RCNV forms a new phylogenetic branch between orthopoxviruses and Yoka poxvirus. RCNV shared overall similarity in genome organization with orthopoxviruses, and the proteins in the central conserved region shared approximately 90  % amino acid identity with orthopoxviruses. RCNV… 

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