Structure of bionet

Dave Mack dmack at
Wed Aug 24 17:49:34 EST 1994

In article <33bkd9$qgo at>,
Una Smith <una at> wrote:
>James Mahaffy <mahaffy at> wrote:
>>One of the main differences I see is fewer groups on bionet, but
>>last couple of years have shown a great increase in the number. 
>Bionet.* now has 49 (says my .newsrc file), and* has 6.

There are, by my count, 62 bionet groups. Here's a copy of the
bionet checkgroups message. You may want to ask the Usenet admin
on your news server to run it if you aren't getting that many.

Newsgroups: bionet.announce
Approved: bionews-moderator at
From: Dave Kristofferson <kristoff at>
Subject: Bionet Checkgroups message
Followup-To: bionet.general
Organization: BIOSCI International Newsgroups for Molecular Biology
Distribution: world

This article provides a script to ensure that your site carries
all of the "approved" bionet newsgroups. It should be used by the
local Usenet administrator to verify that all of the standard
bionet groups are in the "active" file or the equivalent thereof
on the local system. If you do not receive all of the bionet
groups or you are not sure whether or not you do, you should
ask your Usenet administrator to execute this checkgroups

---------------------- For Usenet Administrators ---------------------

Recent versions of news support a "checkgroups" control message that
can be used to help keep your active file in sync with the "standard"
bionet groups.  What follows is a skeleton checkgroups control message
that you can customize and run locally to check your active file.

The following should be extracted and then passed directly to your
checkgroups script on standard input.   It can also be posted locally,
with a distribution set to keep it internal to your local
organization.  This is NOT the preferred method of operation, however,
as some distributions "leak" to a wider distribution of machines.

Also note that versions of C news prior to the performance release of
July 1992 do NOT handle checkgroups input properly and you should not
attempt to use the checkgroups feature.  If you are running C news,
you are strongly encouraged to get and install a recent version so as
to take advantage of the checkgroups fix as well as many other
performance enhancements.

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Newsgroups: control
Distribution: local
From: news
Subject: cmsg checkgroups
Control: checkgroups

bionet.agroforestry	Discussion of Agroforestry.
bionet.announce		Announcements of widespread interest to biologists. (Moderated)
bionet.biology.computational	Computer and mathematical applications. (Moderated)
bionet.biology.grasses	Discussion of the biology of grasses.
bionet.biology.n2-fixation	Research issues on biological nitrogen fixation.
bionet.biology.tropical Discussions about tropical biology.
bionet.biophysics	Discussion of issues related to the science and profession of biophysics.
bionet.celegans		Research discussion of the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans.
bionet.cellbiol		Discussions about cell biology.
bionet.cellbiol.cytonet	A forum for research on the cytoskeleton, plasma membrane and cell wall.
bionet.chlamydomonas	Discussions about the green alga Chlamydomonas.
bionet.drosophila	Discussions about the biology of fruit flies.
bionet.general		General BIOSCI discussion.
bionet.genome.arabidopsis	Information about the Arabidopsis project. 
bionet.genome.chromosomes	Mapping and sequencing of eucaryote chromosomes.
bionet.immunology	Discussions about research in immunology.	Discussions about biological information theory.		Scientific Job opportunities.	Requests for employment in the biological sciences.
bionet.journals.contents	Contents of biology journal publications. (Moderated)
bionet.journals.note	Advice on dealing with journals in biology.
bionet.metabolic-reg	Kinetics and thermodynamics at the cellular level.
bionet.microbiology     Discussion of issues related to the science and profession of microbiology.
bionet.molbio.ageing	Discussions of cellular and organismal ageing.	Computer applications to biological databases.
bionet.molbio.embldatabank	Info about the EMBL Nucleic acid database.
bionet.molbio.evolution How genes and proteins have evolved.
bionet.molbio.gdb	Messages to and from the GDB database staff.
bionet.molbio.genbank	Info about the GenBank Nucleic acid database.
bionet.molbio.genbank.updates	Hot off the presses! (Moderated)
bionet.molbio.gene-linkage	Discussions about genetic linkage analysis.
bionet.molbio.genome-program	Discussion of Human Genome Project issues.	Discussions about the molecular biology of HIV.
bionet.molbio.methds-reagnts	Requests for information and lab reagents.
bionet.molbio.proteins	Research on proteins and protein databases.
bionet.molbio.rapd	Research on Randomly Amplified Polymorphic DNA.
bionet.molbio.yeast	The molecular biology and genetics of yeast.
bionet.molec-model      Discussion of the physical and chemical aspects of molecular modelling.
bionet.mycology			Discussions about filamentous fungi.
bionet.neuroscience	Research issues in the neurosciences.
bionet.parasitology	Research discussions in parasitology.
bionet.photosynthesis	Discussions about research on photosynthesis.
bionet.plants		Discussion about all aspects of plant biology.
bionet.population-bio	Technical discussions about population biology.	Biophysical Society official announcements. (Moderated)
bionet.protista		Discussion on ciliates and other protists.
bionet.sci-resources	Information about funding agencies, etc. (Moderated)		Information about software for biology.	Discussions by users of genome DBs using ACEDB.	Discussions about using the ACEDB software. Software Source relating to biology. (Moderated)
bionet.structural-nmr	Exploring the structure of macromolecules using NMR.
bionet.users.addresses	Who's who in Biology.
bionet.virology		Discussions about research in virology.
bionet.women-in-bio	Discussions about women in biology.
bionet.xtallography	Discussions about protein crystallography.
bionet.organisms.zebrafish	Discussions about research using the model organism Zebrafish (Danio rerio).
bionet.organisms.urodeles	Discussions among research scientists using urodele amphibians in any biological field.	Official announcements from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. (Moderated)	Official announcements from The American Society for Cell Biology. (Moderated)	Announcements and information about WWW resources of interest to biologists. (Moderated)
bionet.emf-bio	Discussions among researchers investigating electromagnetic field interactions with biological systems.
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Dave Mack
Manager, Computer Facilities
Senior Systems Administrator
IntelliGenetics, Inc./BIOSCI Project

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