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David Kristofferson kristoff at net.bio.net
Wed Feb 16 22:31:04 EST 1994

We have recently set up a prototype newsgroup called
nmr-str at net.bio.net on the topic of NMR in macromolecular structure
determination, but it has attracted enough interest that a proposal
has been submitted for full BIOSCI newsgroup status now.

Discussion on the following proposal will now be open through 27 Feb
on BIOFORUM/bionet.general (*not* on BIONEWS/bionet.announce).  This
message is also being posted to the nmr-str mailing list, but replies
should be sent to either bioforum at net.bio.net or
bioforum at daresbury.ac.uk.  For those who are not on the
BIOFORUM/bionet.general newsgroup currently, either read
bionet.general on USENET or contact one of the following biosci
addresses to sign up by e-mail:

Subscription Address                 Location
--------------------                 --------
biosci at daresbury.ac.uk               Europe, Africa, and Central Asia
biosci at net.bio.net                   Americas and the Pacific Rim

One warning, however: BIOFORUM/bionet.general is a "chatty" newsgroup
and many other items will be discussed there besides this newsgroup
proposal.  USENET news access is definitely better than e-mail if you
want to monitor only this discussion.

Discussion Guidelines
Please do not post one-line messages saying things like "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 below and to propose modifications prior to the vote.
If the charter is perfect as is, then there is no need for anyone to
say anything!!!

The newsgroup 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 28 Feb (Newsgroup Discussion leaders -
please note this deadline - if no revisions are received before the
deadline, the original charter will be voted on.).

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 STRUCTURAL-NMR/bionet.structural-nmr:  

e-mail address:       nmr-str at net.bio.net
                      nmr-str at daresbury.ac.uk

Discussion leader: 

               Department of Biochemistry
	       University of Texas Health Science Center
	       7703 Floyd Curl Dr.,
	       San Antonio, TX 78284-7760

	       Tel:  (210) 567 - 6623
	       Fax:  (210) 567 - 6595
               Internet:  raman at bioc01.uthscsa.edu

Newsgroup charter:

Structural-NMR is a forum for all those interested in studying three
dimensional structure of macromolecules using Nuclear Magnetic
Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR).  Prior to 1982, the complex NMR spectra
of biological macromolecules were interpreted on the basis that their
structure in solution was the same as that obtained from X-ray
crystallography. In the last 10 years, there have been astonishing
developments in instrumentation and methodology, which have enormously
increased the power of NMR.  The most notable application comes from
studies of conformations and interactions of biological macromolecules
with the advent of multi-dimensional NMR techniques.  The field of
structural NMR is growing so rapidly that it necessitates the creation
of a newsgroup to communicate and disseminate the information gathered
by researchers all over the world.

I propose the formation of a newsgroup called
"STRUCTURAL-NMR/bionet.structural-nmr" to initiate dialogue between
scientists whose interests comprise the following:

*** determination of solution and solid state structure of
    macromolecules (Protein, Nucleic Acids, etc.,) using NMR methods.

*** identifying novel NMR methods to improve the quality of information

*** development of computational methods to aid in NMR data processing
    and analyses.

*** techniques involved in NMR sample preparation and/or characterization.

*** hardware availability, development and troubleshooting.  

Formation of a newsgroup will provide:

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

*** a source of information for both novice and experienced participants.

*** bulletin board for announcements of meetings, funding sources and job

*** means for 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.

The newsgroup is expected to run unmoderated and I am willing to act as
the current coordinator.

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