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BIOSCI Newsgroups Information - Europe, Africa, Central Asia

BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at net.bio.net
Fri Jul 1 03:03:02 EST 1994


                       (last revised 28-June-94)
This is the BIOSCI information sheet for Europe, Africa, and Central
Asia.  If you are located in the Americas or the Pacific Rim
countries, please retrieve that version of the information sheet by
sending the command

info usinfo

in the body of an e-mail message addressed to the Internet address

                       biosci-server at net.bio.net

Any text placed on the Subject: line of your message is ignored, so
please be sure to put the "info usinfo" command in the main body of
your e-mail message.

New users of BIOSCI/bionet may want to read the "Frequently Asked
Questions" or "FAQ" sheet for BIOSCI.  The FAQ provides details on how
to participate in these forums and is available by gopher to
net.bio.net or anonymous FTP to net.bio.net [] in
pub/BIOSCI/doc/biosci.FAQ.  It may also be requested by sending e-mail
to biosci-server at net.bio.net as described above except that the

info faq

should be used in the body of the mail message.  The FAQ is also
posted on the first of each month to the newsgroup
BIONEWS/bionet.announce immediately following the posting of both
versions of the BIOSCI information sheet.

Contents of this Document
List of BIOSCI Mailing Lists and Newsgroups
List of BIOSCI Newsgroup Topics
BIOSCI Newsgroup Discussion Leaders
Participating in BIOSCI Using USENET News Software
Participating in BIOSCI by E-mail
  E-mail Subscription Requests and other Information
  E-mail Address Changes
  Interruption of E-mail Service
  Posting Messages to Newsgroups by E-mail
Retrieval of old postings from the BIOSCI archives
BIOSCI "prototype" newsgroups
Retrieving Other BIOSCI Documentation


The BIOSCI newsgroup network was developed to allow easy worldwide
communications between biological scientists who work on a variety of
computer networks.  BIOSCI is supported by the National Science
Foundation, Department of Energy, and National Institutes of Health in
the U.S.A. and by the Science and Engineering Research Council
Daresbury Laboratory in the United Kingdom.  BIOSCI services are
available to users free of charge.

BIOSCI messages are distributed by two means: USENET news software and
electronic mail.

NEWS" SOFTWARE AT YOUR SITE.  The software is in the public domain,
and you will find it much more convenient than subscribing to
newsgroups by e-mail.  Please consult your systems manager (the
software may already be available on a machine at your institution) or
contact biosci-help at net.bio.net for a list of software available free
of charge on the Internet.  NOTE, however, that the installation and
maintenance of news software requires the assistance of a trained
systems operator in most cases and is not a task to be undertaken by a
computer novice.

Why is news software preferable to e-mail?  News software recovers
messages automatically after network interruptions, whereas your e-mail
address may have to be removed from the subscription list at times if
your computer/network malfunctions and undelivered mail starts
bouncing back to the BIOSCI administrative sites.  You will have to
manually retrieve lost messages from the archives if your e-mail
subscription is suspended.

News software organizes messages by topic and subtopic for easy
browsing.  In contrast if you subscribe by e-mail to more than one
discussion list, messages from multiple lists arrive into your
personal mail file in chronological order of posting only and are
mixed in with your personal messages.  You have to connect the
discussion threads yourself if you use e-mail.

In summary, e-mail participation should be seen as a LAST RESORT to be
used only if news software can not be installed locally.

Fortunately, BIOSCI offers advantages for e-mail users too.  By having
distribution sites or "nodes" on each major network, BIOSCI allows its
e-mail users to contact people around the world without having to
learn a variety of computer addressing tricks.  Any user can simply
post a message to his/her regional BIOSCI node and copies of that
message will be distributed automatically to all other subscribers on
all of the participating networks, including the Internet, USENET,

List of BIOSCI Mailing Lists and Newsgroups
BIOSCI messages are distributed on the newsgroups in the "bionet"
hierarchy of USENET and on the corresponding mailing lists indicated
below.  Contents of the USENET newsgroups and the e-mail distributions
are *identical*, i.e., messages sent in by e-mail are also forwarded
to USENET and messages posted to USENET newsgroups are also
distributed to e-mail subscribers.

An expanded description of the purpose of each newsgroup follows this

MAILING LIST NAME          USENET Newsgroup Name
-----------------          ---------------------
ACEDB-SOFT                 bionet.software.acedb
AGEING                     bionet.molbio.ageing
AGROFORESTRY               bionet.agroforestry
ARABIDOPSIS                bionet.genome.arabidopsis
BIOFORUM                   bionet.general
BIO-INFORMATION-THEORY +   bionet.info-theory
BIONAUTS                   bionet.users.addresses
BIONEWS **                 bionet.announce
BIO-JOURNALS **            bionet.journals.contents
BIO-MATRIX                 bionet.molbio.bio-matrix
BIOPHYSICAL-SOCIETY **     bionet.prof-society.biophysics
BIOPHYSICS                 bionet.biophysics
BIO-SOFTWARE               bionet.software
BIOTHERMOKINETICS          bionet.metabolic-reg
CELL-BIOLOGY               bionet.cellbiol
CHLAMYDOMONAS              bionet.chlamydomonas
CHROMOSOMES                bionet.genome.chromosomes
COMPUTATIONAL-BIOLOGY **   bionet.biology.computational
CYTONET                    bionet.cellbiol.cytonet
DROSOPHILA                 bionet.drosophila
EMBL-DATABANK              bionet.molbio.embldatabank
EMPLOYMENT                 bionet.jobs
EMPLOYMENT-WANTED          bionet.jobs.wanted
GDB                        bionet.molbio.gdb
GENBANK-BB                 bionet.molbio.genbank
GENETIC-LINKAGE            bionet.molbio.gene-linkage
GRASSES-SCIENCE            bionet.biology.grasses
HIV-MOLECULAR-BIOLOGY      bionet.molbio.hiv
HUMAN-GENOME-PROGRAM       bionet.molbio.genome-program
IMMUNOLOGY                 bionet.immunology
INFO-GCG                   bionet.software.gcg
JOURNAL-NOTES              bionet.journals.note
METHODS-AND-REAGENTS       bionet.molbio.methds-reagnts
MICROBIOLOGY               bionet.microbiology
MOLECULAR-EVOLUTION        bionet.molbio.evolution
MOLECULAR-MODELLING        bionet.molec-model
MYCOLOGY                   bionet.mycology
NEUROSCIENCE               bionet.neuroscience
N2-FIXATION                bionet.biology.n2-fixation
PARASITOLOGY               bionet.parasitology
PHOTOSYNTHESIS             bionet.photosynthesis
PLANT-BIOLOGY              bionet.plants
POPULATION-BIOLOGY         bionet.population-bio
PROTEIN-ANALYSIS           bionet.molbio.proteins
PROTEIN-CRYSTALLOGRAPHY    bionet.xtallography
PROTISTA                   bionet.protista
RAPD                       bionet.molbio.rapd
SCIENCE-RESOURCES **       bionet.sci-resources
STRUCTURAL-NMR             bionet.structural-nmr
TROPICAL-BIOLOGY           bionet.biology.tropical
VIROLOGY                   bionet.virology
WOMEN-IN-BIOLOGY           bionet.women-in-bio
YEAST                      bionet.molbio.yeast


** Note that newsgroups flagged with ** are moderated, i.e., postings
are directed to a moderator (editor) who later forwards messages
(possibly edited or condensed) to the newsgroup.

List of BIOSCI Newsgroup Topics

-----------------            -----
ACEDB-SOFT                   Discussions by users and developers of genome
                                databases using the ACEDB software.
AGEING                       Discussions about ageing research
AGROFORESTRY                 Discussions about agroforestry research
ARABIDOPSIS                  Newsgroup for the Arabidopsis Genome Project
BIOFORUM                     Discussions about biological topics for
                                which there is not yet a dedicated newsgroup
  THEORY-AND-CHOWDER-SOCIETY Applications of information theory to
                                biology; this group is not for general
                                information or for discussion of
                                theories in general.
BIONAUTS                     Question/answer forum for help using
                                electronic networks, locating e-mail
                                addresses, etc.
BIONEWS **                   General announcements of widespread
                                interest to biologists
BIO-JOURNALS **              Tables of Contents of biological journals
BIO-MATRIX                   Applications of computers to biological databases
BIOPHYSICAL-SOCIETY **       Official announcements/information from the
                                Biophysical Society.
BIOPHYSICS                   Discussion of issues related to the
                                science and profession of biophysics
BIO-SOFTWARE                 Information on software for the biological
BIOTHERMOKINETICS            Discussions about the kinetics, thermodynamics
                                and control of biological processes at
                                the cellular level
CELL-BIOLOGY                 Discussions about cell biology including
                                cancer research at the cellular level
CHLAMYDOMONAS                Discussions about the biology of the green alga
                                Chlamydomonas and related genera
CHROMOSOMES                  Discussions about mapping and sequencing
                                of eucaryote chromosomes
COMPUTATIONAL-BIOLOGY **     Mathematical and computer applications in biology
CYTONET                      Discussions about research on the
                                cytoskeleton, plasma membrane, and
                                cell wall
DROSOPHILA                   Discussions about biological research on
EMBL-DATABANK                Messages to and from the EMBL database staff
EMPLOYMENT                   Job opportunities in biology (see BIOSCI
                               FAQ *before* posting commercial job openings)
EMPLOYMENT-WANTED            Forum for posting resumes/CVs by
                             individuals seeking employment in the
                             biological sciences or in support of the
                             biological sciences
GDB                          Messages to and from the Genome Data Bank staff
GENBANK-BB                   Messages to and from the GenBank database staff
GENETIC-LINKAGE              Newsgroup for genetic linkage analysis
GRASSES-SCIENCE              Discussions regarding grasses, especially
                               cereal, forage, and turf species
HIV-MOLECULAR-BIOLOGY        Discussions about the molecular biology of HIV
HUMAN-GENOME-PROGRAM         NIH-sponsored newsgroup on human genome issues
IMMUNOLOGY                   Discussions about research in immunology
INFO-GCG                     Discussions about the GCG sequence
                               analysis software
JOURNAL-NOTES                Practical advice on dealing with professional
METHODS-AND-REAGENTS         Requests for information and lab reagents
MICROBIOLOGY                 Discussions about research in microbiology
MOLECULAR-EVOLUTION          Discussions about research in molecular evolution
MOLECULAR-MODELLING          Discussions about molecular modelling
MYCOLOGY                     Discussions about research on filamentous fungi
NEUROSCIENCE                 Discussions about research in the neurosciences
N2-FIXATION                  Discussion about biological nitrogen fixation
PARASITOLOGY                 Discussions about research in parasitology
PHOTOSYNTHESIS               Discussions about photosynthesis research
PLANT-BIOLOGY                Discussions about research in plant biology
POPULATION-BIOLOGY           Discussions about research in population biology
PROTEIN-ANALYSIS             Discussions about research on proteins and
                                messages for the PIR and SWISS-PROT databank
PROTEIN-CRYSTALLOGRAPHY      Discussion about crystallography of macromolecules
                                and messages for the PDB staff
PROTISTA                     Discussions about research on ciliates
                                and other protists
RAPD                         Discussions about Randomly Amplified Polymorphic
SCIENCE-RESOURCES **         Information from/about scientific funding
STRUCTURAL-NMR               Discussions about the use of NMR for
                                macromolecular structure determination
TROPICAL-BIOLOGY             Discussions about research in tropical biology
VIROLOGY                     Discussions about research in virology
WOMEN-IN-BIOLOGY             Discussions about issues concerning women
YEAST                        Discussions about the molecular biology
                                and genetics of yeast

** Note that newsgroups flagged with ** are moderated, i.e., postings
are directed to a moderator (editor) who later forwards messages
(possibly edited or condensed) to the newsgroup.

BIOSCI Newsgroup Discussion Leaders

Most scientific specialty newsgroups (except for a few created several
years ago) have individuals who are responsible for stimulating
discussion on the newsgroup.  General purpose forums such as
METHODS-AND-REAGENTS do not have discussion leaders.  If a group that
you are interested in does not seem to have much activity recently,
please contact the discussion leader and ask why.

NEWSGROUP NAME               Discussion Leader and their e-mail address
--------------               ------------------------------------------
ACEDB-SOFT                   Mike Cherry (cherry at genome.stanford.edu)
AGEING                       Sydney Shall (bafa1 at central.sussex.ac.uk)
AGROFORESTRY                 Gerry Lawson (F_GJL at vaxa.nerc-bush.ac.uk)
ARABIDOPSIS                  Chris Somerville (21847CRS at msu.edu)
BIOFORUM                     None
  THEORY-AND-CHOWDER-SOCIETY Tom Schneider (toms at ncifcrf.gov)
BIONAUTS                     Rob Harper (harper at convex.csc.fi)
BIONEWS **                   David Kristofferson (kristoff at net.bio.net)
BIO-JOURNALS **              David Kristofferson (kristoff at net.bio.net)
BIO-MATRIX                   Dan Davison (davison at uh.edu)
BIOPHYSICAL-SOCIETY **       David Kristofferson (kristoff at net.bio.net)
BIOPHYSICS                   Carol Gross (cgross at molbio.cbs.umn.edu)
BIO-SOFTWARE                 None
BIOTHERMOKINETICS            John Woods (eanv20 at castle.edinburgh.ac.uk)
CELL-BIOLOGY                 Ola Myklebost (ola.myklebost at dnr.uio.no)
CHLAMYDOMONAS                Elizabeth H. Harris (chlamy at acpub.duke.edu) and
                             Antonio R. Franco (bf1rodri at cc.uco.es)
CHROMOSOMES                  Bruce Roe (broe at aardvark.ucs.uoknor.edu) and
                             Greg Lennon (greg at mendel.llnl.gov)
COMPUTATIONAL-BIOLOGY **     Phil J. Curtiss (curtiss at umiacs.umd.edu)
CYTONET                      Nicholas C. Carpita (carpita at btny.purdue.edu)
DROSOPHILA                   Michael Ashburner (m.ashburner at gen.cam.ac.uk)
EMBL-DATABANK                None (datalib at embl-heidelberg.de)
EMPLOYMENT                   None
GDB                          Kerryn Brandt (kab at welchgate.welch.jhu.edu)
GENBANK-BB                   Dennis Benson (benson at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
GENETIC-LINKAGE              Steve Bryant (s_bryant at icrf.ac.uk)
GRASSES-SCIENCE              Allen Wright (adwright at iastate.edu)
HIV-MOLECULAR-BIOLOGY        Mika Salminen (msalminen at nphi.fi)
HUMAN-GENOME-PROGRAM         Jane Peterson (jp2 at cu.nih.gov)
IMMUNOLOGY                   Donald Forsdyke (forsdyke at qucdn.queensu.ca)
INFO-GCG                     John Cargill (ontogen at nic.cerf.net)
JOURNAL-NOTES                Donald Forsdyke (forsdyke at qucdn.queensu.ca)
MICROBIOLOGY                 Martin Latterich (mdhouse at mendel.berkeley.edu)
MOLECULAR-EVOLUTION          Dan Davison (davison at uh.edu)
MOLECULAR-MODELLING          Philippe Stas (philstas at vub.ac.be)
MYCOLOGY                     Tom Adams (tom at bio.tamu.edu)
                             Leland Ellis (leland at straylight.tamu.edu)
                             Greg May (gsmay at bcm.tmc.edu)
NEUROSCIENCE                 Vincent A Mazzarella (vamg6792 at uxa.cso.uiuc.edu)
                             James L. Olds (olds at bernard.ninds.nih.gov)
N2-FIXATION                  Eng-Leong Foo
                             (eng-leong_foo_mircen-ki%micforum at mica.mic.ki.se) 
PARASITOLOGY                 Daniel R. Brooks, Sherwin S. Desser and
                             Henry Hong (parasite at zoo.toronto.edu)
PHOTOSYNTHESIS               Johnathan Marder (marder at agri.huji.ac.il)
PLANT-BIOLOGY                Tony Travis (ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk)
PROTEIN-ANALYSIS             Amos Bairoch (bairoch at cmu.unige.ch) and
                             John Garavelli (garavelli at nbrf.georgetown.edu)
PROTEIN-CRYSTALLOGRAPHY      Morten Kjeldgaard (morten at oase.kemi.aau.dk)
PROTISTA                     Marsha Altschule
                             (marsha.i.altschuler at williams.edu) and
                             Mark Farmer (farmer at emlab.zoo.uga.edu)
RAPD                         James Farmer (farmerj at yvax.byu.edu)
SCIENCE-RESOURCES **         David Kristofferson (kristoff at net.bio.net)
STRUCTURAL-NMR               C. S. Raman (raman at bioc01.uthscsa.edu)
TROPICAL-BIOLOGY             Matti Nummelin (saarikko at cc.helsinki.fi)
VIROLOGY                     Robert Coelen (robert at arbo.microbiol.uwa.oz.au)
WOMEN-IN-BIOLOGY             Cassandra Smith (cls at buenga.bu.edu)
YEAST                        Francis Ouellette (francis at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)

** Note that newsgroups flagged with ** are moderated.

Participating in BIOSCI Using USENET News Software
Users who have access to USENET news software and the bionet USENET
groups can participate immediately, i.e., they do not need to
"subscribe" to anything.  They can read and reply to messages using
their local news software (e.g., "nn" or "rn") and post new messages
of their own.

Users will have to consult their local systems managers for help in
using news software.  There are many different programs available and
the BIOSCI staff can not provide training in news software use.
Fortunately, most news software is fairly simple to use and can be
learned quickly.

When posting new messages, USENET users should be sure to set the
message "distribution" to "world" or "bionet" or else your message may
not be distributed beyond your local computer.  In most cases,
messages are posted directly to the newsgroups without editorial
intervention.  Some groups (indicated in the lists above) are
"moderated," however.  This means that postings to these newsgroups
will be sent to the newsgroup moderator who will decide whether or not
the message is suitable for posting to the newsgroup in question.

Participating in BIOSCI by E-mail
E-MAIL SUBSCRIPTION!!  Simply read and post to the newsgroups in the
"bionet" newsgroup hierarchy using your USENET news software.

E-mail Subscription Requests and other Information
For users in Europe, Africa, and Central Asian countries, e-mail
subscription and cancellation requests are handled automatically by an
e-mail server, although personal assistance is also available via the
biosci at daresbury.ac.uk address.

Once your e-mail address is added to a subscription list, mail will be
sent to your address automatically each time someone posts a message.
This will continue until you remove your address from the subscription

To obtain instructions automatically on BIOSCI e-mail server use,
please send a message to the address

        MXT at dl.ac.uk


DELETE any message to the administrative address biosci at daresbury.ac.uk
that simply requests us to carry out manually "subscribe" or
"unsubscribe" commands without further explanation. IF YOU NEED HUMAN
OF YOUR MAIL.  For example, please put the line


at the beginning of the body of your message or in the Subject: line
of your message to biosci at daresbury.ac.uk.

E-mail Address Changes
If you have subscribed to a newsgroup and are now leaving an
institution or changing your e-mail address, it is IMPERATIVE that you
send a note to biosci at daresbury.ac.uk and cancel your subscription!
Non-existent addresses or overflowing mailboxes cause computer mail
programs to send back "daemon" messages which might bother everybody
on the newsgroup.  We will immediately remove any address causing such
a problem, but would prefer it if you would notify us in advance as a
courtesy to the rest of the user community.

Interruption of E-mail Service
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becomes inaccessible and causes mail to bounce back to the sender.
This might happen to you if your local computer or network fails for a
significant period of time.  If you notice that you are no longer
receiving BIOSCI postings, it may be because your address was removed
for the above reason.  It will be necessary for you to contact
biosci at daresbury.ac.uk and resubscribe.  Please see the BIOSCI FAQ,
mentioned at the beginning of this document, for more details on how
BIOSCI handles addresses which reject mail.

Posting Messages to Newsgroups by E-mail
Those who use e-mail to post messages should send their mail to the
following addresses in the U.K.:


                      biosci at daresbury.ac.uk

for subscription or cancellation requests as explained above.  Your
posting could go to several thousand people.  Supposing that each
person spends a couple of seconds to figure out that you did this,
before they go on to the next message.  You will have wasted the
equivalent of several hours of one person's time, not to mention
wasted computer time and disk storage.

MAILING LIST NAME           Mailing Address 
-----------------           ----------------      
ACEDB-SOFT                  acedb at daresbury.ac.uk
AGEING                      ageing at daresbury.ac.uk
AGROFORESTRY                ag-forst at daresbury.ac.uk
ARABIDOPSIS                 arab-gen at daresbury.ac.uk
BIOFORUM                    bioforum at daresbury.ac.uk
BIO-INFORMATION-THEORY +    bio-info at daresbury.ac.uk
BIONAUTS                    bio-naut at daresbury.ac.uk
BIONEWS **                  bionews at daresbury.ac.uk 
BIO-JOURNALS **             bio-jrnl at daresbury.ac.uk
BIO-MATRIX                  biomatrx at daresbury.ac.uk
BIOPHYSICAL-SOCIETY **      bphyssoc at daresbury.ac.uk
BIOPHYSICS                  biophys at daresbury.ac.uk
BIO-SOFTWARE                bio-soft at daresbury.ac.uk
BIOTHERMOKINETICS           btk-mca at daresbury.ac.uk
CELL-BIOLOGY                cellbiol at daresbury.ac.uk
CHLAMYDOMONAS               chlamy at daresbury.ac.uk
CHROMOSOMES                 biochrom at daresbury.ac.uk
COMPUTATIONAL-BIOLOGY **    comp-bio at daresbury.ac.uk
CYTONET                     cytonet at daresbury.ac.uk
DROSOPHILA                  dros at daresbury.ac.uk
EMBL-DATABANK               embl-db at daresbury.ac.uk 
EMPLOYMENT                  biojobs at daresbury.ac.uk 
EMPLOYMENT-WANTED           wantjob at daresbury.ac.uk 
GDB                         gdb at daresbury.ac.uk
GENBANK-BB                  genbankb at daresbury.ac.uk
GENETIC-LINKAGE             gen-link at daresbury.ac.uk
GRASSES-SCIENCE             grasses at daresbury.ac.uk
HIV-MOLECULAR-BIOLOGY       hiv-biol at daresbury.ac.uk
HUMAN-GENOME-PROGRAM        gnome-pr at daresbury.ac.uk
IMMUNOLOGY                  immuno at daresbury.ac.uk
INFO-GCG                    info-gcg at daresbury.ac.uk
JOURNAL-NOTES               jrnlnote at daresbury.ac.uk
METHODS-AND-REAGENTS        methods at daresbury.ac.uk 
MICROBIOLOGY                microbio at daresbury.ac.uk
MOLECULAR-EVOLUTION         mol-evol at daresbury.ac.uk
MOLECULAR-MODELLING         molmodel at daresbury.ac.uk
MYCOLOGY                    mycology at daresbury.ac.uk
NEUROSCIENCE                neur-sci at daresbury.ac.uk
N2-FIXATION                 n2fix at daresbury.ac.uk
PARASITOLOGY                parasite at daresbury.ac.uk
PHOTOSYNTHESIS              photosyn at daresbury.ac.uk
PLANT-BIOLOGY               plantbio at daresbury.ac.uk
POPULATION-BIOLOGY          pop-bio at daresbury.ac.uk 
PROTEIN-ANALYSIS            proteins at daresbury.ac.uk
PROTEIN-CRYSTALLOGRAPHY     xtal-log at daresbury.ac.uk
PROTISTA                    protista at daresbury.ac.uk
RAPD                        rapd at daresbury.ac.uk
SCIENCE-RESOURCES **        sci-res at daresbury.ac.uk
STRUCTURAL-NMR              str-nmr at daresbury.ac.uk
TROPICAL-BIOLOGY            trop-bio at daresbury.ac.uk
VIROLOGY                    virology at daresbury.ac.uk
WOMEN-IN-BIOLOGY            womenbio at daresbury.ac.uk
YEAST                       yeast at daresbury.ac.uk


** Note that newsgroups flagged with ** are moderated, i.e., postings
are directed to a moderator (editor) who later forwards messages
(possibly edited or condensed) to the newsgroup.

Retrieval of old postings from the BIOSCI archives
Users with Internet access can use either the WAIS or gopher software
to search the BIOSCI archives located at net.bio.net as described in
the BIOSCI FAQ.  E-mail users can retrieve messages from our waismail
e-mail server.  For waismail instructions, send the word


in a message to waismail at net.bio.net.  Please leave the Subject: line
of your message blank.

BIOSCI "prototype" newsgroups
To assist areas of research in developing their own electronic
communication forums, BIOSCI at net.bio.net will set up on request a
mailing list *without* an associated USENET newsgroup.  The mailing
list is created only at net.bio.net, the U.S. BIOSCI node, and all
subscription requests must be sent to biosci at net.bio.net
regardless of one's geographical location.  There is no charge for
this or any other BIOSCI service, as usual.

This procedure waives the rule that requires each new newsgroup
proposal to be put to a vote of the readership first (see the BIOSCI
FAQ, mentioned at the beginning of this document, for details on
creating new full-fledged newsgroups and prototype newsgroups).  Each
mailing list ("prototype newsgroup") must have a scientist volunteer
to serve as its discussion leader and an initial list of e-mail
subscribers.  The prototype newsgroup has six months to build up its
readership after which time it is put out for a vote for full
newsgroup status (i.e., to have both a mailing list *and* parallel
USENET newsgroup created at both BIOSCI nodes in the U.S. and U.K.).
If you are interested in establishing such a forum for your research
specialty, please contact biosci-help at net.bio.net.

The current prototype newsgroups are listed below.  Please send
subscription requests to biosci at net.bio.net and NOT to the newsgroup
posting addresses.  Prototype newsgroups may *not* be fully archived,
so please be sure to save any messages that you may want to refer to

Posting Address         Purpose
---------------         -------
bigblue at net.bio.net     Discussion between researchers who use
                        transgenic animal systems for mutation assays

biocan at net.bio.net      An unmoderated forum established by the
                          Canadian Federation of Biological Societies
                          (CFBS) to serve as a multidisciplinary forum
                          for the exchange of information within the
                          Canadian biological and biomedical science
biogopher at net.bio.net   A communication forum for all Bio-Gopher
emf-bio at net.bio.net     Discussions on the electromagnetic field
                          interactions with biological systems.
rna at net.bio.net         Discussions about RNA editing, RNA splicing,
                          and ribozyme activities of RNA.
staden-users at net.bio.net Discussions about the Staden Package for
                          molecular sequence analysis.
urodeles at net.bio.net    Discussions among research scientists
                          using urodele amphibians (axolotls,
                          salamanders, and newts) in any biological
yac at net.bio.net         Dicussions about yeast artificial chromosomes

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placed in one message, we recommend instead that one message be sent
per command to avoid having to extract multiple documents from a
single message.  The server sends back all information requested from
a multiple command query in a single response message.

Document to Retrieve            Command to send to biosci-server at net.bio.net
--------------------            --------------------------------------------
BIOSCI FAQ                      info faq
(Frequently Asked ?'s
 about using BIOSCI)

BIOSCI info sheet for the
Americas & Pacific Rim          info usinfo

BIOSCI info sheet for
Europe, Africa, & 
Central Asia                    info ukinfo

Information on Network
Connections                     info internet

How to set up USENET News
at your site                    info usenet1

USENET Netiquette and other
edifying reading                info usenet2

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