Virus Genomics and Diversity

A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729). This special issue belongs to the section "Microbiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 22 October 2024 | Viewed by 123

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
Interests: virus evolution, detection and discovery

Guest Editor
Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics, Center for Evolution and Medicine, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA
Interests: viral metagenomics; coinfections; evolution; cross-species spillover of viruses
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Guest Editor
1. Department of Virology, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria
2. Infectious Disease Institute, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria
Interests: retro-, entero- and hepatitis viruses; virology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Our understanding of virus genomics and diversity has always been limited by available technology. Consequently, eras of virus discovery have been heralded by new technologies. The advent of multiple high-throughput genome sequencing technologies (Illumina, Nanopore, PacBio, and others) and the enhanced computing capacity now available have increased our resolution of virus diversity and simultaneously ushered in an era of virus discovery in both common and unusual places. The accompanying insights continue to expand our understanding of virus genome sizes, architecture, host range, and genotypes in both commonly explored and previously unexplored ecosystems.

In this Special Issue, we explore virus genomes and what they show us about the possibilities that exist. We welcome articles describing the use of any nucleotide sequencing technology to catalogue novel virus genomes (in terms of genome size, architecture, host range, families, species, and genotypes) in any sample type (environmental, vertebrate, or invertebrate hosts, reservoirs, healthy or diseased subjects) and/or ecosystem. Articles describing novel phage genomes are also welcome.

Dr. Temitope O. C. Faleye
Dr. Simona Kraberger
Dr. Moses Olubusuyi Adewumi
Guest Editors

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  • genomics
  • diversity
  • virus evolution
  • virus detection
  • genome sequencing
  • DNA sequencing

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