Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 34011550
Link to DOI – 10.1128/JVI.00673-21
J Virol 2021 May; 95(15):e00673-21
The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) has recently adopted a comprehensive, hierarchical system of virus taxa. The highest ranks in this hierarchy are realms, each of which is considered monophyletic but apparently originated independently of other realms. Here, we announce the creation of a new realm, Adnaviria, which unifies archaeal filamentous viruses with linear A-form double-stranded DNA genomes and characteristic major capsid proteins unrelated to those encoded by other known viruses.