Viruses are real, virus species are man-made, taxonomic constructions

@article{Regenmortel2003VirusesAR,
  title={Viruses are real, virus species are man-made, taxonomic constructions},
  author={M.H.V. Van Regenmortel},
  journal={Archives of Virology},
  year={2003},
  volume={148},
  pages={2481-2488}
}
concepts like species can be defined, concrete objects like viruses can only be named and identified Whereas the categories of family and genus were readily accepted by virologists, it took many years before the species category gained acceptance by the virological community. As recounted elsewhere [29] there was considerable opposition among plant virologists to the idea that the concept of species could be applied to viruses [16, 22]. Arguments against the use of the term species were… CONTINUE READING
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