Learn to use NCBIs Viral Genomes resource, a web portal for exploring the sequences of completed virus genomes. Expert curators at NCBI condense thousands of nucleotide records into one reference sequence for each completed viral genome. These molecular standards make information easier to manage, as data now only needs to be associated with one unique RefSeq for each species. Explore viruses via taxonomy, genome sequences, or encoded proteins with analytical and visualization tools that make it easy to perform comparative studies. All Information at Viral Genomes is fully integrated with the other NCBI databases, such as GenBank, PubMed, and Taxonomy and links to other relevant, non-NCBI viral resources are also provided. Ideal for the student or scientist, this resource will provide the information you need about viral genomes.

You will learn:

  • search for virus information via species, genome sequences, taxonomy, and proteins
  • understand detailed summary reports about viral genomes
  • use analytical and visualization tools for comparative studies
  • navigate to additional NCBI and non-NCBI viral resources


This tutorial is a part of the tutorial group Microbe resources. You might find the other tutorials in the group interesting:

Complete Microbial Genomes: An extensive collection of data, resources and tools for prokaryotic genomic analysis

CMR: Comprehensive Microbial Resource

Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG): IMG is a powerful community resource for the comparative analysis and annotation of microbial genome data.

Integrated Microbial Genomes with Microbiome samples (IMG/M): IMG/M provides tools for analyzing the functional capability of microbial communities based on their metagenome sequence

VBRC: The Viral Bioinformatics Resource Center

UCSC Archaeal Genome Browser: Provides you with many research and analysis tools that can be used to examine the genomes of more than 50 microbial species from the domain archaea.

GenoCAD Advanced Topics: Computer-Assisted Design software for synthetic biology

GenoCAD: Computer-Assisted Design software for synthetic biology


Genome Databases (prok + viral) : Genomic databases or repositories primarily aimed at prokaryotic or viral organisms. Some may contain eukaryotic data as well.

NCBI : This category includes resources maintained at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).


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Recent BioMed Central research articles citing this resource

Ning Kang et al., Towards a better solution to the shortest common supersequence problem: the deposition and reduction algorithm Symposium of Computations in Bioinformatics and Bioscience (SCBB06) Symposium of Computations in Bioinformatics and Bioscience (SCBB06) in conjunction with the International Multi-Symposiums on Computer and Computational Sciences 2006 (IMSCCS|06). BMC Bioinformatics (2006) doi:10.1186/1471-2105-7-S4-S12

Firth E Andrew et al., Detecting overlapping coding sequences in virus genomes. BMC Bioinformatics (2006) doi:10.1186/1471-2105-7-75