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The relationship between viruses that are identified or not as agents of diseases may look uncertain. It can best be resolved within the framework of a virus taxonomy that is based on a concept of species and using analysis of genome sequences. This short opinion article calls for species to be recognized as the primary subjects of virology, to parallel a practice common elsewhere in biology

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Recognizing virus species as the primary subjects of virology will embrace the major tenet of biology. It will improve connection between the studies of natural virus variation, cross-host transmission, pathogenicity, biome characterization, and exploration of the biosphere.

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This page is a summary of: Recognizing species as a new focus of virus research, PLoS Pathogens, March 2021, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1009318.
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