We have received a proposal below for a new newsgroup,
Discussion on the following proposal will now be open through 28
January on BIOFORUM/bionet.general (*not* on BIONEWS/bionet.announce).
For those who are not on the BIOFORUM/bionet.general newsgroup
currently, either read bionet.general on USENET or contact one of the
following biosci addresses to sign up by e-mail:
Subscription Address Location
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biosci at net.bio.net Americas and the Pacific Rim
One warning, however: BIOFORUM/bionet.general is a "chatty" newsgroup
and many other items will be discussed there besides this newsgroup
proposal. USENET news access is definitely better than e-mail if you
want to monitor only this discussion.
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 below and to propose modifications prior to the vote.
If the charter is perfect as is, then there is no need for anyone to
The newsgroup 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 29 January (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.
PLEASE NOTE that the topics covered under the charter below were
previously included in the charter of the
CHROMOSOMES/bionet.genome.chromosomes newsgroup. The latter group has
not in practice focused on automated sequencing, so we have
entertained this proposal to move an existing active mailing list into
the BIOSCI/bionet hierarchy to focus specifically on this topic.
Proposal to create AUTOMATED-SEQUENCING/bionet.genome.autosequencing (moderated)
USENET newsgroup name: bionet.genome.autosequencing
One line Description: Research and support on automated DNA sequencing
Moderation address: bionet-genome-autosequencing at net.bio.net
(autoseq-moderator at net.bio.net is an
alias for bionet-genome-autosequencing at net.bio.net)
Administrator: David Cain
Mailing list name: AUTOMATED-SEQUENCING
E-mail addresses: autoseq at net.bio.netautoseq at daresbury.ac.uk
AUTOMATED-SEQUENCING/bionet.genome.autosequencing is a forum for the
concentrated discussion and source of assistance on issues relating to
automated DNA sequencing and fragment analysis such as microsatellite
analysis and SSCP . AUTOMATED-SEQUENCING has been chosen as the name
to represent the many different systems currently avaliable .
Functions of the newsgroup:
The newsgroup will offer a well needed focus for the discussion of
automated DNA sequencing / fragment analysis which has until now been
spread across a number of newsgroups resulting in many cross postings
. The newsgroup will replace the one currently running on mailbase
which has been running for just under a year and proaved to be well
Topics for discussion will include sequencing chemistries , template
preparation methods , hints and tips for optimisation , recommended
protocols for both large and small scale projects as well as providing
a forum for support between scientists. Other aspects of the
post-sequencing process will also be dealt with, for example, sequence
troubleshooting and software issues.
The newsgroup will also serve as a bulletin board for the announcement
of meetings , conferences , job opportunities within the rapidly
expanding sequencing market .
Subscriptions are welcome from all academic institutions , hospitals ,
government agencies and other research facilities as well as
commercial and industrial organisations . Contributions which support
the outlined functions of the newsgroup will be actively encouraged .
Chain letters , mass posted commercial messages and other messages
deemed to be "Junk mail" will be deleted without comment .
Inappropriate messages for commercial or legal reasons will be
returned to the originator for editing and re-submission . Messages
which are not strictly within the terms of the charter but still
deemed to be of interest to the subscribers will be accepted as long
as they do not breach any of the terms and conditions of the charter .
Due to the commercial competitive nature of the subject companies with
a vested interest will be encouraged to limit their activities on the
newsgroup to replying directly to questions posted or clearing an
article with the moderators prior posting to the list. Advertisements
for commercial products are prohibited on the BIOSCI/bionet newsgroups.
DNA sequencing Unit , Institute of Cancer Research , Chester Beatty
Labs , London , UK
Department of Genetics , University of Cambridge , Cambridge , UK