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theme of the conference
Given recent major discoveries in the domain of viruses infecting Archaea, Bacteria and unicellular Eukaryotes (Protists), we are convinced that a gathering of these different scientific communities would be a timely and productive endeavour for unifying the knowledge on different groups of viruses into a consistent picture, filling the gap that presently divides scientists working on prokaryotic and eukaryotic viruses and helping to form a cohesive view of the viral world.
This First International Congress on Virus of Microbes marks a new era in viral research, which has begun with the recognition that viruses are the predominant component of the biosphere numerically, with a considerable impact on the planet’s ecology, and represent the greatest genetic resource in the biosphere, significantly affecting biosystem’s evolution.
At the meeting will be highlighted global aspects of problems concerning the diversity, ecology, and environmental impact of viruses infecting Bacteria, Archaea and microbial Eukaryotes. Actively will be discussed also problems of the origin and nature of viruses, and their role in early life evolution.
Particular attention will also be given to technological and medical applications of microbial viruses, including their exploitation in “phage display” studies, their potential in developing new advanced materials for nanotechnology, and their medical application.
The topics considered at the congress will be covered in the following 5 scientific sessions:
- Environment, Ecology, Diversity
- Origin and Evolution
- Genomics and Molecular Biology
- Virus-Cell Interactions
- Technological and Medical Applications