Virtual Virus Unknown
placement of viruses in taxa. This site can be accessed at
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ICTV/new_virkey.html. You have been given an
electron micrograph of your unknown virus. Follow the ICTV classification key
and use any other available resources to design experiments in order to elicit
information that will allow you to identify your unknown virus.
Each experiment should be submitted to the instructor typewritten or by email.
It need not be a detailed protocol but the strategy and methodology must be
apparent. As each test methodology is completed, you will learn the results for
your virus. Based on these results, you will continue until you are ready to
submit a final identification accompanied by an identification flow chart that
lists all tests used.