BIOTECHNIQUES/bionet.journals.letters.biotechniques is ready!

BIOSCI Administrator biohelp at net.bio.net
Wed Jul 26 15:55:28 EST 1995


The BIOTECHNIQUES/bionet.journals.letters.biotechniques newsgroup is
ready for operation.  This newsgroup is moderated, i.e., all postings
are forwarded to a moderator/editor and are reviewed prior to
distribution.  The newsgroup charter is appended below followed by
detailed usage instructions and information on how to search the
newsgroup archives.  *Please save* this message for future reference
if you intend to participate in this newsgroup.

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Moderator:			Mary McCarthy
				Associate Editor/BioTechniques
				mmccarthy at biotechnet.com

Charter:

A new newsgroup, "BIOTECHNIQUES", is proposed to provide a forum for
the discussion of methods, and appropriate related issues, that have
appeared on the pages of BioTechniques - an international,
peer-reviewed journal which describes laboratory techniques in the
life sciences.

The newsgroup will also function as a rapid-communication, electronic
counterpart of the "BioFeedback" section of BioTechniques.
Participation in the newsgroup should be of value to individuals,
including the novice as well as the experienced scientist, who are
interested in the development and application of laboratory methods.

The newsgroup will be moderated by Mary McCarthy, Associate
Editor/BioTechniques.
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How to look at archives of the list:
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Archives for BIOTECHNIQUES/bionet.journals.letters.biotechniques are
kept in the anonymous FTP account at net.bio.net [204.31.212.2].  Look
in the directory pub/BIOSCI/BIOTECHNIQUES for posting archives.  Each
file is assigned a date such as 9501 for January 1995.  Please note
that ours is a UNIX system and all file and directory names are
case-sensitive, i.e., upper case file names are different from lower
case names.

You can also access these same files via Gopher if you start a gopher
session using net.bio.net as your gopher server.  Gopher also allows
you to view the individual messages within each monthly archive file.
The files are in the BIOTECHNIQUES directory.  Postings to
bionet.journals.letters.biotechniques are also WAIS indexed and can be
searched via either gopher or WAIS at our site.  In gopher the option
at net.bio.net is "Search Bionet USENET Articles" and in WAIS one
should use the WAIS source biosci.src.  This is a WAIS index of all
BIOSCI/bionet messages including this newsgroup.  Please see the
BIOSCI FAQ for details.  The FAQ can be requested from
biosci-help at net.bio.net.  Finally, you can also access the archives
via WWW/Mosaic.  The URL is http://www.bio.net/ and you can run the
WAIS archive searches in your WWW browser software window after
connecting to our site.

Once again, if you have any administrative questions that require
personal assistance, please address them to biosci-help at net.bio.net in
the U.S. or biosci at daresbury.ac.uk in the UK.

Best wishes for a successful newsgroup!

				Sincerely,

				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				biosci-help at net.bio.net



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