Naming Viruses

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Naming Viruses

Hello all,  I'm new here.  What are the basic steps for naming a virus?

I have already read the ICTV rules that are based on order, class, genus, species etc.  But, I find it confusing.

I really need help, because I'm writing a paper about a hypothetical virus from outer space.

Do  I give it any name and then classify it according to ICTV rules?  Little confused, because I want it to be scientifically  accurate.


Nikail Collins
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Working in the virus community, my experience has been that within each virus, there is usually a committee that decides the nomenclature and continues to change it based on new knowledge,etc.... It usually involves the area of the world in which the virus strain is first found.