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David Kristofferson kristoff at net.bio.net
Mon Oct 25 17:55:58 EST 1993

We have received the following proposal for a new newsgroup:


Discussion will now be open through 4 November on
BIOFORUM/bionet.general (*not* on BIONEWS/bionet.announce).

Please do not post one-line messages saying things like "I am in favor
of such a newsgroup".  We will collect votes later.  The discussion
period is an opportunity for anyone to bring up reservations about the
proposed charter and to propose modifications prior to the vote.

The discussion leader may submit a revised proposal in light of the
discussion, and the new charter would be included in the call for
votes which will go out on 5 November (Newsgroup Discussion leaders -
please note this deadline - if no revisions are received before the
deadline the original charter will be voted on.).

Please be aware that only one vote is counted per e-mail address, so
it is necessary to have your own account in order to vote.  Multiple
votes from the same address are not accepted.  If you are interested
in the following newsgroup, but do not have an e-mail address of your
own, please obtain one from your computer center before the call for
votes is issued.

Proposal to establish PROTISTA/bionet.protista

e-mail addresses: protista at net.bio.net
                  protista at daresbury.ac.uk

Discussion leaders:

	Marsha Altschuler
	Dept. of Biology
	Williams College
	Williamstown, MA 01267
	marsha.i.altschuler at williams.edu

	Mark Farmer
	Dept. of Zoology
	Biological Sciences Building
	University of Georgia
	Athens, GA 30602
	farmer at emlab.zoo.uga.edu

PROTISTA/bionet.protista charter:

We would like to propose the formation of a new BIOSCI newsgroup to
facilitate communication among researchers and educators working with, or
interested in, ciliates and other protists.  

The kingdom Protista encompasses a wide variety of eukaryotic organisms
including traditional groups such as the protozoa, algae, and zoosporic
fungi.  The study of protists has provided insights into many fundamental
aspects of genetics, development, molecular biology, and evolution, through
research on a wide variety of subjects including self-splicing RNA,
telomeres, chromatin structure, behavioral response to stimuli,
developmentally regulated DNA rearrangements, evolution of the genetic
code, and pattern formation.  

Every two years ciliate researchers gather at the International Ciliate
Molecular Biology meeting to discuss their research; in addition the
Society of Protozoologists and Phycological Society of America each meet
annually and International Congresses for both Protozoology and Phycology
are held every four years.  The need for more regular, efficient, and
readily accessible means of communication among the ciliate community was
expressed at the International Molecular Biology of Ciliated Protozoa
meeting in Henniker, NH during July 1993.  In subsequent e-mail and
newsletter discussions with other protozoologists,  the need for a computer
network discussion group that could serve the entire protist community was
recognized.  The protist research community is truly an international one
with leading research labs represented throughout the world.  It includes
individuals working not only in university settings but also in small
four-year colleges and medical and industrial laboratories.  The proposed
news group will provide for ongoing information exchange, discussions, and
dialogues among this diverse and far-flung group of protist researchers, at
the same time allowing other bionet users access to these exchanges as

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