bionet.molbio.gene-org ---> bionet.molbio.gdb

Dave Kristofferson kristoff at GENBANK.BIO.NET
Tue Jun 2 12:13:15 EST 1992

> In article <Jun. at> you write:
> >June 1 is here but I am happy to announce that GDB at Johns Hopkins
> >has agreed to take over this newsgroup with one caveat: they would
> >like the name changed from GENOMIC-ORGANIZATION/bionet.molbio.gene-org
> >to GDB/bionet.molbio.gdb.
> I think this particular name would be a poor one: it's meaningless
> unless you know what "GDB" stands for.  Is there an expansion that
> would fit the naming rules?
> Ethan Hack
> Department of Biological and Nutritional Sciences, The University,
> Newcastle upon Tyne  NE1 7RU, England
> E-mail: Ethan.Hack @

This is a good point.  GENOME-DATABASE would be the logical expansion
but we would probably keep GDB for the e-mail address.  I'll run this
past the GDB staff for comment.  Unfortunately for the uninitiated,
"Genome Database" is a rather all-encompassing term and can also be
somewhat misleading, i.e., GDB is not responsible for sequence data
although the name might make one think so.


				Dave Kristofferson
				GenBank Manager

				kristoff at

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