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Encyclopedia > Reovirus
Reoviridae
Virus classification
Group: Group III (dsRNA)
Family: Reoviridae
Genera

Orthoreovirus
Orbivirus
Rotavirus
Coltivirus
Aquareovirus
Cypovirus
Fijivirus
Phytoreovirus
Oryzavirus

The Reoviridae are a family of viruses that includes some viruses that affect the gastrointestinal system (such as Rotavirus), and some that cause respiratory infections. The genetic material of viruses in this family is double-stranded RNA. The name Reoviridae is derived from respiratory enteric orphan viruses.


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HHMI News: Getting to the Core of Reovirus (646 words)
HHMI researchers have solved the structure of an important component of the reovirus, a double-stranded RNA virus that bears similarity to pathogens such as rotavirus, a potentially deadly cause of diarrhea in infants.
Stephen C. Harrison, an HHMI investigator at Children's Hospital in Boston and Harvard University, determined the three-dimensional architecture of the core structure of reovirus.
The reovirus core has also interested Harrison's lab because it may bear similarities to other double-stranded RNA viruses that are important pathogens.
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