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FLUORESCENT-PROTEINS/bionet.molbio.proteins.fluorescent PASSES!

BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at net.bio.net
Thu May 11 15:16:50 EST 1995

I am pleased to announce that the proposal to create the mailing list
and newsgroup FLUORESCENT-PROTEINS/bionet.molbio.proteins.fluorescent
passed by a vote of 229 YES to 11 NO.

The group should be up and running in a few days.  E-mail subscribers,
please await a formal opening announcement in this forum before
requesting subscriptions.

Proposal to establish:

Proposed USENET name:         bionet.molbio.proteins.fluorescent

Proposed mailing list name:   FLUORESCENT-PROTEINS
Proposed e-mail addresses:    fluorpro at net.bio.net
                              fluorpro at daresbury.ac.uk

Discussion Leaders:
Paul Kitts              e-mail: paulki at clontech.com
Steve Kain              e-mail: stevek at clontech.com
Bioluminescence, the production of visible light by living
organisms, is a fascinating biological phenomenon. In addition,
bioluminescent organisms have provided biologists with several
powerful research tools: Luciferases which are used as highly
sensitive quantitative reporter genes, Aequorin which is used to
report on intracellular levels of Ca++ ions, the pycobiliproteins,
and most recently Green fluorescent protein (GFP) which is a 
novel reporter that can be used to monitor gene expression and 
protein localization inside living cells and organisms. 

This newsgroup is intended to provide a forum for discussion of
bioluminescence, to promote further development of reporter
proteins obtained from bioluminescent organisms, and to
facilitate their application to interesting biological

We anticipate that the participants in this newsgroup will be:
- scientists studying the biology and biochemistry of 
- scientists developing new or improved fluorescent proteins,
  luciferases or aequorin-like proteins.
- scientists using these reporter proteins in their research.
- scientists developing instruments for the imaging or 
  quantitation of the light emitted by these reporters.

The newsgroup is intended to provide :
- a forum for the discussion of ideas, problems and recent 
  developments concerning light emitting reporter proteins.
- a place for sharing unpublished results, both successes and 
- a source of help on methodological and technical problems.
- opportunities for collaborative efforts between labs.
The newsgroup will run unmoderated but we are willing to act as

Paul Kitts & Steve Kain
CLONTECH Laboratories
Palo Alto, California.

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