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Intervirology. 1986;25(1):14-29.

Taxonomic classification of human hepatitis B virus.


Sufficient data have accumulated to permit the ICTV Study Group on the Nomenclature of Hepatitis Viruses to recognize human hepatitis B virus as a member of a unique group of viruses and to classify it, together with a number of related animal viruses, into a new family called the Hepadnaviridae. Over the past decade, the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) has been active in the development of a classification system for viruses. The majority of viruses infecting vertebrate hosts have been classified into families and genera on the recommendations of the Vertebrate Virus Subcommittee (VVSC). In June 1980, the VVSC authorized the formation of an ad hoc Study Group on the Nomenclature of Hepatitis Viruses under the Chairmanship of Dr. Ian D. Gust. This paper represents the first report of the Study Group on the Taxonomic Classification of Human Hepatitis B Virus.

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