CALL FOR VOTES: PRENATAL-DIAGNOSTICS/bionet.diagnostics.prenatal

BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at net.bio.net
Tue Mar 14 18:54:45 EST 1995


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

PRENATAL-DIAGNOSTICS/bionet.diagnostics.prenatal

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 etablish PRENATAL-DIAGNOSTICS/bionet.diagnostics.prenatal

Proposed USENET name:       bionet.diagnostics.prenatal

Proposed mailing list name: PRENATAL-DIAGNOSTICS

Proposed e-mail addressess: prenatal at net.bio.net
                            prenatal at daresbury.ac.uk

Discussion leaders:         Aneal Chandra
                            Chandra at cardiff.ac.uk

                            David Miller
                            Davidm at pathology.leeds.ac.uk

                            Tim Reynolds
                            Timreyno at burton.demon.co.uk

Cytogenetic testing is a relatively common procedure during
pregnancy to examine the health of the fetus. At the present time,
amniocentesis is often used to obtain fetal cells for the testing.
Amniocentesis is an expensive, invasive and potentially harmful
procedure. Therefore selection of patients for amniocentesis by
biochemical risk screeening tests has developed, and research into
alternative procedures is actively being pursued.

One avenue for this research is extraction of fetal cells from the
maternal circlation. It is clear that a small number of fetal cells
cross the placental barrier and sevaral approaches to identifying,
extracting, concentrating and analysing these rare fetal cells are
under evaluation.

In addition serving a bulletin board for announcements of meetings,
conferences, job opportunities, and funding sources of interest to
biologists researching this dynamic field, bionet.diagnostics.prenatal
is intended to provide an easy access environment facilitating:

* rapid exchange of technical information between researchers in
prenatal diagnostics, clinical chemistry, cytogenetics and other
associated areas.

* co-operation between clinical laboratories, research biologists
and instrument designers permitting the technological refinements
necessary for the successful implementation of new and safer
procedures

* discussion of the logistical and social impact of new technology
in prenatal diagnosis

Subscribers are welcome from academic and commercial institutions
including but not limited to developmental biology, cytogenetics,
haematology, pathology, immunology, cell biology, epidemiology,
obstetrics and paediatrics. Contributions within the functions
outlined above are encouraged. The newsgroup is expected to run
in an unmoderated fashion and we are willing to act as current
coordinators.

Aneal Chandra
Scientist, Cytogenetics Unit for Wales, UK

David Miller
Lecturer, Institute of Pathology, Leeds, UK

Tim Reynolds
Consultant, Clinical Chemistry, Burton General Hospital, UK
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Voting is now open on the proposal for
PRENATAL-DIAGNOSTICS/bionet.diagnostics.prenatal and will run through
24:00 hrs Pacific Time on 13 April 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 PRENATAL

if you favor allowing the creation of this newsgroup or

NO on PRENATAL

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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