Ways to find the virus picture you're interested in:

by Name:

List of Virus Families
viral families with example viruses

List of Individual Viruses
all named viruses, listed with their assigned family

by Structure/Genome:

Virus Families by genome type
RNA, DNA, positive, negative, etc.

Virus Families Grouped by the Baltimore Method
Listed with example viruses and hosts

by Host:

Virus Families by Host
includes broad host categories (algae, fungi, etc.) with example viruses that infect them

by Disease:

Virus Families by Infectious Disease
includes a list of infectious diseases in humans, and links to pictures of the viruses that cause them

Guides to Virus Structure:

Principles of Virus Architecture
contains descriptions and diagrams of virus structure (and a little history).

Virus Structure from ATV's own on-line virology courses.


ICTV Net is an email network of ICTV members that provides the virology community with the opportunity to interact with ICTV, ask questions, and even make proposals... Check it out!

The Big Picture Book of Viruses is intended to serve as both a catalog of virus pictures on the Internet and as an educational resource to those seeking more information about viruses. To this end, it is intimately linked to All the Virology on the WWW, and our collection of Virology Courses and Tutorials.

There are several ways to access the information in the Big Picture Book of Viruses. All viruses are listed according to the family to which they have been assigned by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). The images and other data can be obtained by the routes listed at the left.

What you can find here:

On this page, several types of information about viruses can be found. First and foremost, we show you what they look like, either by electron microscopy or by computerassisted imaging. The viral images are listed by their taxonomic groups. Images listed have been gathered from several well known sources on the web. Each image is presented in a miniature format on this page, with the original fullsized image being available by simply clicking on the image of interest. (Note: if the original image has moved, please contact me for assistance) Also listed on the page are links to detailed information (Tutorials and On-Line Courses) about the viruses, and links to other WWW sites (All the Virology on the WWW) with additional information.

Other Virology Resources:

An Introduction to Viral Taxonomy:

(from the National Library of Medicine)

How to Add your Favorite Image to this Site:

If you know of a virus picture that is not listed here, or would like to update the listing of a site, please use our virology site submission form or email me with the address. We are counting on a continuation of community support to keep this site up to date.

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