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General Virology Resources and Databases

  • The Viremia Page from Alistair Kidd, Department of Virology, University of Umeå, Sweden. The site is designed as a means of interactive student learning and self-assessment in the field of medical virology. There are also useful (carefully selected) links to other WWW sites. The interactive material is written in Javascript.
  • Virology Discussion Group (IBMS London Region) - The discussion group members are drawn from Diagnostic Virology Laboratories in and around London. Their activities range from running Evening Scientific Meetings to postgraduate courses covering current Diagnostic Virology topics and a Biennial Symposium which usually alternates with the IBMS Congress years.
  • Viruses - a great introduction from Funk and Wagnalls on-line encyclopedia.
  • Viruses from Structure to Biology - a unique project in interactive history. from the American Society for Virology and Sondra Schlesinger at Washington University.
  • Medical Virology - from Human Virology Educational Series : 1997-1998 by JN-Internatioanl, Inc. This page includes basic descriptions of certain viral diseases and treatments.
  • Wong's Virology Page - This site contains notes on various aspects of medical virology, including the management of a clinical virology laboratory. It is designed mainly as a study aid for postgraduate physicians and scientists studying for their board membership or fellowship exams in medical microbiology/virology. It also contains sample examination questions and answers.
  • Term database for human virology - if you don't know what some of these words are referring to, this is the place to find out. This page is by Jonas Blomberg at Lund, Sweden.
  • National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses (NCPV) is a new U.K. culture collection which is building up a collection of human pathogenic viruses as a resource for the virological community. Ask them about the virus you are interested in!
  • Virologia y Analisis Clinicos para Enfermeria - Virology for Nursing - Virology and Laboratory for Nursing with bibliography, links and courses.
  • Virology Down Under - Contains a database of scientists and students to aid communication. It has a range of pages from very basic (what is a virus? what is a protein?) to literature reviews (gene therapy of cystic fibrosis) and tertiary (i.e. Uni) level summaries. Covers topics from virology, haematology, immunology, gene therapy and is aimed at both scientists and "the man in the street".
  • Honey Bee Viruses - Summary of a Ph.D. project on the interactions of Varroa jacobsoni (a parasitic mite) and viruses of honey bees.
  • Virology Information sponsored by SCIENCE.ORG ª, a Science and Technology Research Think-tank which has some general virology information. This is an expanding resource for people interested in the study of animal viruses.
  • The Hidden Killers: Deadly Viruses - This site contains basics about viruses, immune systems, how our bodies combat these invaders, specific viruses, and how these 'hidden killers' could potential be used as bio-weapons. There are also weekly/bi-weekly feature articles on various facets that involve viruses. This site is meant for the general population. You won't find any extremely complicated technical terms that are best left for medical students or professional researchers. It's meant as a fun place to start exploring about viruses. They stress the word "fun."
  • Virus Databases at the Australian National University's Bioinformatics Facility from the Research School of Biological Sciences. At this site, one can expect to find nomenclature, characterization, and general information about viruses throughout the world. There are also genome searches and electron micrographs.
    • Classification and Nomenclature of Viruses - The Index Virum presents lists of virus taxa that reflect the currently approved classification of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). The ICTV database (ICTVdB) now has a mirror site at the NCBI server.
    • Descriptions - The descriptions are the natural language translation of the coded data stored in the ICTVdB, the universal virus database endorsed by the ICTV. The code is using DELTA, the DEscription Language for TAxonomy developed by M. Dallwitz.
    • Viruses of Plants in Australia - Features Distribution, Host Range, Agricultural Importance and Control of Plant Viruses in Australia. A selection of viruses described in the VIDEdB (Virus Idetification Data Exchange Project), developed by A.J. Gibbs, using DELTA.
  • American Type Culture Collection - The American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) is a unique private, nonprofit resource dedicated to the collection, preservation and distribution of authentic cultures of living microorganisms, viruses, DNA probes, plants, and human and animal cells. The organization performs and sponsors research to insure the authenticity of the materials in the collection, and to improve and standardize methods of characterization, maintenance, preservation and distribution of such materials including: Plant viruses and Viroids, and Animal viruses.
  • Communicating Information aboutVirus Structure and Biology Via the World Wide Web
  • Zippi's Home Page - This site was created by Dr. Teri Shors, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and Microbiology at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The purpose of this web site is to provide links and reading selections for undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows in the areas of virology, molecular biology, current news in medicine, and medical research in general.
  • CELLS alive! - This "microscopy of living cells and organisms" from Quill Graphics is loaded with info on viruses, parasites and bacteria. Highly readable and informative. This site has outstanding images of viruses, bacteria and other tiny but important things!
  • The "Bad Bug Book" from the U. S. Food & Drug Administration Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition has put its "Foodborne Pathogenic Microorganisms and Natural Toxins" online. This handbook provides basic facts regarding foodborne pathogenic microorganisms and natural toxins.
  • The Truth about Viruses from The Health Gazette. Some general comments about viruses from a medical perspective.
  • Human Virtual Virus from the web site -- It's Epidemic.
  • Virologie - - The topic virology at is cared for by our guide Alain N. Lavanchy. Together with a collection of virology links you also can find a FAQ, the top books, an introduction to virology, and much more. [In German]
  • The Viruses: The Unknown Frontier - developed by a high school student who is fascinated by virology.
  • Animal Virus Information System (AVIS) is produced by the Bioinformatics Distributed Information Centre, University of Pune, Pune, India. Animal viruses are described. At present information on more than 1300 viruses is available. AVIS includes a special section on virus identification -- a deterministic method to identify animal virus families and probabilistic method of virus identification based on Willcox's implementation of Bayes' theorem implemented to identify viruses. The program provides hints to the users to carry out additional tests required to obtain higher confidence in identification of virus species.

Anti-Viral Drug Resources

(For information about anti-HIV and AIDS drugs, see the AIDS links section.)

  • Antiviral factors and viral contaminants in human milk - All known antimicrobial and microbial contaminants in human milk are maintained and updated on this site in seven Tables. Table 2 lists all the antiviral factors described in human milk and Table 4 incoporates all the viral contaminates found in human milk.
  • Antiviral Agents Bulletin from the Biotechnology Information Institute Antiviral Drug Resistance Online - the electronic version of the Resistance Table from International Antiviral News, Current Antiviral Agents FactFile.
  • Gresval Labs - Research and development of specific antivirals active against encapsulated viruses (H.l.V., S.H.V. and influanza) based on a new concept of blocking the binding of the virus to the host membrane.
  • Institute for Antiviral Research This site explains what types of antiviral research are performed at Utah State University. It also gives a listing of the drugs used and it tells you about the people who work at the site.
  • Antiviral Drugs for Influenza Type A from the CDC.
  • National Cancer Institute's HIV Drug Resistance Program -- Under the direction of Dr. John M. Coffin, the DRP is creating a world-class center for retrovirology research in a highly collaborative environment dedicated purely to research and supported by a wide spectrum of state-of-the-art core facilities. The emphasis of the DRP is on basic and translational research related to genetic diversity and drug resistance.

Viral Immunology

  • Lymphocyte Recirculation - An Immunology Resource of general interest to virologists. The web page about lymphocyte recirculation, and the immunophysiology which maintains this important process. There are also pages on Dendritic Cells. Many of these important lymphatic tissue structures are also targets for viruses that evade immune detection or destroy its effectiveness.

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