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Viral Taxonomy


Viral Taxonomy

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The International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses contains links to the latest key to virus taxonomy.
Material Type: Collection
Technical Format: PDF
Date Added to MERLOT: September 03, 2000
Date Modified in MERLOT: October 19, 2012
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Submitter: Judith Kandel



Primary Audience: College General Ed
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Language: English
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Avatar for Judith Kandel
13 years ago

Judith Kandel (Faculty)

This is an easy to use site and the assignment that I use challenges the
students to apply information from cell and molecular biology courses to a real
problem, that is identifying an unknown virus based on describing tests to be performed. It is surprising how few can actually describe how to determine whether the genetic material is DNA or RNA when first confronted with the problem.
The overall usefulness of the taxonomic key in identification is compromised by
current molecular techniques (probes and sequencing) that can more quickly
provide the desired information.