CALL FOR VOTES: DIAGNOSTICS/bionet.diagnostics

BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at net.bio.net
Mon Feb 6 18:27:10 EST 1995


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

DIAGNOSTICS/bionet.diagnostics

No changes were made to the charter after the discussion period.

This notice will also be crossposted to the DIAGNOSTICS prototype
newsgroup.  If this proposal does not pass, the prototype newsgroup
will be shut down since its six month trial has ended.

*** 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 DIAGNOSTICS/bionet.diagnostics

Proposed USENET name:           bionet.diagnostics  (unmoderated)

Proposed mailing list name:     DIAGNOSTICS

Proposed email addresses:       diagnost at net.bio.net
                                diagnost at daresbury.ac.uk

Discussion leaders:             Kevin O'Donnell
                                  (odonnell at sasa.gov.uk)
                                Robert Burns (antibodies)
                                  (burns at sasa.gov.uk)


Newsgroup Charter:

The DIAGNOSTICS newsgroup (bionet.diagnostics) is a forum for
discussion of problems and techniques (primarily serological or
nucleic acid-based) involved in all fields of diagnostics.  Subjects
for discussion and comment include methodology, automation, quality
assurance and other subjects of interest and concern to those
developing and/or using diagnostic tests.

Justification

Despite the large number of scientists involved in diagnostics, there
is no newsgroup devoted to this subject.  The prototype DIAGNOSTICS
newsgroup was set up to fill this gap and has gained enough support to
justify a vote for full newsgroup status.  The prototype newsgroup has
included postings on the detection and identification of diseases,
pathogens (animal and plant) and also diagnostic functions which do
not fit into either category.  This composition has helped to
establish common ground (and therefore intellectual and methodological
cross-fertilization) between people and laboratories.  For example,
the problems facing scientists developing PCR assays for Listeria are
similar to those facing scientists developing PCR assays for bacterial
soft rots in plants.

Within the various disciplines there are common problems regarding
methods, immunogens, cross-reactivity, automation, materials, quality
assurance and other issues that are not recognized by those using
similar techniques for other purposes.

The DIAGNOSTICS newsgroup will address and help solve these problems
by providing a forum for their discussion between individuals of
various experience and disciplines.

Kevin O'Donnell
Diagnostics and Molecular Biology
Scottish Agricultural Science Agency
Edinburgh                         		odonnell at sasa.gov.uk
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Voting is now open on the proposal for DIAGNOSTICS/bionet.diagnostics and
will run through 24:00 hrs Pacific Time on 7 March 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 DIAGNOSTICS

if you favor allowing the creation of this newsgroup or

NO on DIAGNOSTICS

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.

				Sincerely,

				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				biosci-help at net.bio.net



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