Further Reading

Buller MR and Palumbo GJ (1991) Poxvirus pathogenesis.

Microbiol. Rev. 55: 80. Moss B (1996) Poxviridae: the viruses and their replication. In: Fields BN, Knipe DM, Howley PM et al (eds) Fields Virology 3rd edn, p. 2637. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven.

Tripathy DN and Reed WM (1997) Pox. In: Calnek BW, Barnes HJ, Beard CW, McDougald LR and Saif YM (eds) Diseases of Poultry 10th edn, p. 643. Ames: University of Iowa Press.

included in the family. The characteristic features of an iridovirus are: (1) icosahedral symmetry; (2) a large («170 kbp), linear, double-stranded DNA genome; and (3) assembly of virus particles exclusively in the cytoplasm. Members of the Iridoviridae, so far examined, have a circularly permuted and terminally redundant genome - a unique characteristic among animal viruses. DNA hybridization studies have shown no sequence homology between FV3 and iridoviruses from other hosts such as fish and insect.

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