David Kristofferson kristoff at
Tue Feb 16 17:12:21 EST 1993

We have received a proposal for a new newsgroup, DROSOPHILA/bionet.drosophila.

Proposed USENET name: bionet.drosophila
E-mail address: DROSOPHI

Discussion will now be open through 28 February on
BIOFORUM/bionet.general (*not* on BIONEWS/bionet.announce).

Please do not post one-line messages saying only "I am in favor of
such a newsgroup".  We will collect votes later.  The discussion
period is an opportunity for anyone to bring up reservations about the
proposed charter and to propose modifications prior to the vote.  The
discussion leader may submit a revised proposal in light of the
discussion, and the new charter would be included in the call for votes
which will go out on 1 March.

Please be aware that only one vote is counted per e-mail address, so
it is necessary to have your own account in order to vote.  Multiple
votes from the same address are not accepted.  If you are interested
in the following newsgroup, but do not have an e-mail address of your
own, please obtain one from your computer center before the call for
votes is issued.

Proposal to establish DROSOPHILA/bionet.drosophila

Discussion leader: Michael Ashburner
                   Department of Genetics
                   University of Cambridge
                   Cambridge, England
                   ma11 at

Purpose: To serve as a means of electronic communication between
biologists working with, or interested in, any aspects of the biology
of Drosophila.

The Drosophila community is already served by the electronic
Drosophila Information Newsletter (DIN, edited by K. Matthews and C.
Thummel).  In addition we feel there is a great need for an
unmoderated bulletin board, distributed as part of the BIOSCI system.

The advantage of a BIOSCI group would be that it would allow very
rapid communication between Drosophila biologists. One of many
functions of this bulletin board would be to keep people up-to-date on
the progress and changes to FlyBase, the Drosophila genetic database
now being built. The bulletin board will also be useful for the
exchange of information about stocks, techniques, meetings, etc., of
interest to the fly community.

DIN will continue to be available by mail list for those who prefer
it.  The editors will also post it (by hand, avoiding listserv-biosci
convolutions) to the BIOSCI group, for those who prefer reading it
that way.

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