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ZBRAFISH/bionet.organisms.zebrafish passes: 279 YES to 3 NO

David Kristofferson kristoff at net.bio.net
Thu Jul 14 21:06:42 EST 1994


I am pleased to announce that ZBRAFISH/bionet.organisms.zebrafish
passed by a vote of 279 YES to 3 NO.  We will proceed to create the
group which should be operational by early next week.

E-mail users: Please do not request e-mail subscriptions until a note
is posted in this forum saying that the group is operational.

				Sincerely,

				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				biosci-help at net.bio.net

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Proposal to create          ZBRAFISH/bionet.organisms.zebrafish

   Usenet newsgroup name:   bionet.organisms.zebrafish

   Status:                  not moderated

   Mailing list name:       ZBRAFISH

   Mailing list addresses:  zbrafish at net.bio.net
                            zbrafish at daresbury.ac.uk


Discussion Leaders:         Richard Vogt
                            University of South Carolina
                            Department of Biological Sciences
                            Columbia, SC  29208
                            vogt at biol.scarolina.edu

                            Una Smith
                            Department of Biology
                            Yale University
                            New Haven, CT  06520-8104
                            smith-una at yale.edu

Charter:

A newsgroup and linked mailing list for discussion of the Zebrafish
(Danio rerio), a popular species for the study of the molecular
genetics of early development, to exchange pertinent information,
both technical and biologicial, among people who study this organism.


Justification:

The use of the Zebrafish (Danio rerio) as a molecular genetic model 
for early development has increased dramatically over the last 
decade.  This increase is highlighted by recent reviews in Nature 
(May 5, p. 59) and Science (May 13, p. 904) discussing significant 
genetic mapping and mutational/developmental studies, and by a recent 
meeting at Cold Spring Harbor (CSH) Laboratories, "Zebrafish 
Development and Genetics", which drew around 325 participants.  The 
number of laboratories involved in Zebrafish research is increaseing 
at an astounding rate, as is the distribution of these laboratories 
throughout the world.  A specific request was made by participants at 
the CSH meeting to establish increased computer networking so that 
information regarding Zebrafish research could be more rapidly 
distributed and exchanged, and so that community ties could be 
maintained.  Partly in response to this request, Dick Vogt and others
have established a Zebrafish WWW server ("zebra.scarolina.edu"); 
however, such servers are still not highly interactive.  

We would like to propose the formation of a new group devoted to 
research on Zebrafish and related species.  This newsgroup will
help maintain close ties between all Zebrafish researchers and will 
complement existing avenues of information dissemination, including 
a regular Zebrafish Development and Genetics Meeting (2 year cycle), 
the Zebrafish Monitor (a semi-annual newsletter) and developing 
database servers.

Formation of this newsgroup would provide:

    A source of quick help on research methods particular to 
    Zebrafish, including colony maintenance questions and the
    exchange of breeding stocks.

    A timely, rapid vehicle for announcements about workshops
    and meetings, and other news.

    A public forum for open-ended discussion and debate about
    difficult community-wide issues, such as conventions for 
    naming new genes.

    A forum for new Zebrafish researchers to become acquainted
    and develop personal networks within the community.

    An archive of searchable information for future use by
    Zebrafish researchers and others.
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