CALL FOR VOTES: MOLECULAR-REPERTOIRES/bionet.molecules.repertoires

BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at net.bio.net
Mon Aug 7 17:32:18 EST 1995


Voting is now open on the following proposal to create the mailing
list & newsgroup

MOLECULAR-REPERTOIRES/bionet.molecules.repertoires

The charter was not modified as a result of the discussion.

*** NOTE *** We are often running several votes for other newsgroups,
so please be certain to follow the voting directions *carefully*!  If
you just send in a message saying "YES" or "NO" it will not be counted
if it is not clear which proposal you are responding to.

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Proposal to establish MOLECULAR-REPERTOIRES/bionet.molecules.repertoires

Proposed USENET name:       	bionet.molecular.repertoires
			 
Proposed mailing list name:	molreps at net.bio.net
                                molreps at daresbury.ac.uk

Proposed discussion leader:	Andrew Wallace
                                wallace at irbm.it

Proposed newsgroup charter:

Molecular-Repertoires is to serve as a forum for all those who are
interested in the generation and use of large collections of molecules for
basic research and drug discovery. The interdisciplinary nature of this
rapidly-growing new research frontier raises the need for a means by which
investigators can communicate rapidly and easily across the boundaries
which normally define more discipline-specific areas of research. There is
currently no existing or proposed bionet newsgroup which acts as a specific
forum for scientists whose investigative efforts involve:

--Libraries of biological macromolecules (phage libraries, peptides,
  proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, etc.).

--Organic chemical combinatorial libraries (benzodiazepines, etc.).

--Development and adaptation of chemical reactions on solid-phase.

--Novel methods to analyse and generate molecular diversity.

--Screening of repertoires to identify molecules of interest.

--Techniques which make use of combinatorial methods in isolating specific
  ligands.


The newsgroup will have a different role from the other newsgroups on
biological molecules (bionet.proteins, bionet.glycosci,
methods-reagents, bionet.molecules.peptides, etc.) since it will
concentrate on the combinatorial chemical and biological aspects of such
molecules without being restricted to discussion of any particular
molecular type, hence the use of the term molecular repertoires or
"molreps" to avoid bias.

Formation of the newsgroup would provide:

--A forum for discussion of new ideas and recent developments in the
  various disciplines impinging on the field.

--A source of information for new participants.

--A bulletin board for announcements of meetings, funding sources and job
  opportunities, both for positions available and for persons seeking
  employment.

--A means of initiating collaboration among participants.

--Announcement of availability of novel reagents and other materials.

--A repository of practical advice and other information, including
  advances in relevant methodology.

--Identification of equipment and instrumentation for execution of 
  combinatorial chemistry.

All those with an interest in this exciting new field are encouraged to
participate in this newsgroup.  The newsgroup will be unmoderated.
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Voting is now open on the proposal for
MOLECULAR-REPERTOIRES/bionet.molecules.repertoires and will run
through 24:00 hrs Pacific Time on 4 September 1995.  Please send your
vote to either of the following addresses:

Address                               Location        Network
-------                               --------        -------
biovote at daresbury.ac.uk               U.K.            JANET
biovote at net.bio.net                   U.S.A.          Internet/BITNET

PLEASE BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE FORMAT BELOW - WE OFTEN RUN MORE THAN ONE
VOTE AT A TIME SO A SIMPLE "YES" OR "NO" MESSAGE WITHOUT THE NEWSGROUP
NAME MAY BE AMBIGUOUS.  Your vote should contain a single line:

YES on MOLREPS

if you favor allowing the creation of this newsgroup or

NO on MOLREPS

if you think that this proposal will adversely affect the
BIOSCI/bionet system.  While not intended to be an exhaustive list of
possible concerns (more specific concerns may have been raised during
the discussion period on BIOFORUM/bionet.general and interested
readers are referred to these), some general reasons for voting NO
might be if you are concerned about newsgroup proliferation and/or
believe that the proposed group will not be utilized, or if you think
that the proposed newsgroup would substantially duplicate or overlap
with the function of existing newsgroups.  If you are simply not
interested in participating in the newsgroup above, please don't cast
a NO vote, but instead just don't vote at all.

The newsgroup proposal must receive at least 80 YES votes to pass and
the number of YES votes must be greater than the number of NO votes by
at least 40.  Discussion of the newsgroup proposal is now closed and
we strongly discourage posting any messages in other forums about the
fact that a CALL FOR VOTES has been issued.  Permission is granted to
post this CFV to the existing molreps mailing list.

				Sincerely,

				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				biosci-help at net.bio.net



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