Towards a unified classification for human respiratory syncytial virus genotypes.

Last updated on 15-12-2021 by Kaat Ramaekers

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Since the first human respiratory syncytial virus (HRSV) genotype classification in 1998, inconsistent conclusions have been drawn regarding the criteria that define HRSV genotypes and their nomenclature, challenging data comparisons between research groups. In this study, we aim to unify the field of HRSV genotype classification by reviewing the different methods that have been used in the past to define HRSV genotypes and by proposing a new classification procedure, based on well-established phylogenetic methods. All available complete HRSV genomes (>12,000 bp) were downloaded from Gen…

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