CALL FOR DISCUSSION: PCR/bionet.molbio.methds-reagnts.pcr

forsburg at molbiol.ox.ac.uk forsburg at molbiol.ox.ac.uk
Sun May 16 02:50:37 EST 1993


In article <ashok.755.0 at biochemistry.cwru.edu>, ashok at biochemistry.cwru.edu (
Ashok Aiyar) writes:
> I do not think I am in favor of establishing a seperate PCR group for the 
> following reasons -
> 
> a) There is insufficient traffic to justify creating a new group (IMHO)
> b) Very often techniques in molecular biology overlap considerably.  For 
> instance there are several different methods of mutagenesis, if someone is 
> using PCR mutagenesis why should those queries be cross-posted to several 
> groups.
> c) There are several other specialized techniques.  I am less likely to hear 
> or learn of them if they are restricted in discussion to highly specialized 
> groups.
> 
> I think that one of the nice things about the current methods and reagents 
> group is the the variety of problems that one hears and learns from.
> 
> Later,
> Ashok
> 
> --
> Ashok Aiyar                        Mail: ashok at biochemistry.cwru.edu
> Department of Biochemistry                       Tel: (216) 368-3300
> CWRU School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio         Fax: (216) 368-4544



I agree with Ashok
By hiving off PCR to its own newsgroup, we create an artificial 
division --there's molecular biology, and there's PCR.  Cross posting
traffic will be extreme, and if PCR doesnt belong in a molbiol
methods and reagents section what does?  ARe we going to have a 
specialised group for electrophoresis next?  I think we should resist 
this secession.  

My opinion,

susan

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Dr S L Forsburg         forsburg at molbiol.ox.ac.uk
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Biochemistry Dept
Oxford University
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