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Viral diversity is partly driven by viral structural protein genes, such as those encoding tails and capsids, which participate directly in the evolutionary contest between viruses and their hosts. Discovering the functions of unknown viral sequences is important for understanding the lifestyle and effects of viruses in the environment, the genetic relationship between viruses and their hosts, and the influence of viruses on the development of new pathogens.
(Seguritan et al., 2012) Artificial neural networks trained to detect viral and phage structural proteins. PLoS Comput Biol.