Varicella Zoster Virus
VZV is an alphaherpesvirus, related to herpes simplex viruses types 1 and 2. Its complex name reflects the fact that it causes two diseases, namely chickenpox (varicella) and shingles (herpes zoster).
An open reading frame or ORF is a portion of an organism's genome which contains a sequence of bases that could potentially encode a protein. In a gene, ORFs are located between the start-code sequence (initiation codon) and the stop-code sequence (termination codon).
VZV Assays and Components