BIOSCI Newsgroups Information - Americas & Pacific Rim

BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at
Sat Oct 1 03:02:02 EST 1994


                       (last revised 09-SEP-94)
This is the BIOSCI information sheet for the Americas and Pacific Rim
countries.  If you are located in Europe, Africa, or Central Asia,
please retrieve that version of the information sheet by sending the

info ukinfo

in the body of an e-mail message addressed to the Internet address

                       biosci-server at

Any text placed on the Subject: line of your message is ignored, so
please be sure to put the "info ukinfo" command in the main body of
your e-mail message.

New users of BIOSCI/bionet may want to read the "Frequently Asked
Questions" or "FAQ" sheet for BIOSCI.  The FAQ provides details on how
to participate in these forums and is available by gopher to or anonymous FTP to [] in
pub/BIOSCI/doc/biosci.FAQ.  It may also be requested by sending e-mail
to biosci-server at as described above except that the

info faq

should be used in the body of the mail message.  The FAQ is also
posted on the first of each month to the newsgroup
BIONEWS/bionet.announce immediately following the posting of both
versions of the BIOSCI information sheet.

Contents of this Document
List of BIOSCI Mailing Lists and Newsgroups
List of BIOSCI Newsgroup Topics
BIOSCI Newsgroup Discussion Leaders
Participating in BIOSCI Using USENET News Software
Participating in BIOSCI by E-mail
  E-mail Subscription Requests and other Information
  E-mail Address Changes
  Interruption of E-mail Service
  Posting Messages to Newsgroups by E-mail
Retrieval of old postings from the BIOSCI archives
BIOSCI "prototype" newsgroups
Retrieving Other BIOSCI Documentation


The BIOSCI newsgroup network was developed to allow easy worldwide
communications between biological scientists who work on a variety of
computer networks.  BIOSCI is supported by the National Science
Foundation, Department of Energy, and National Institutes of Health in
the U.S.A. and by the Science and Engineering Research Council
Daresbury Laboratory in the United Kingdom.  BIOSCI services are
available to users free of charge.

BIOSCI messages are distributed by two means: USENET news software and
electronic mail.

NEWS" SOFTWARE AT YOUR SITE.  The software is in the public domain,
and you will find it much more convenient than subscribing to
newsgroups by e-mail.  Please consult your systems manager (the
software may already be available on a machine at your institution) or
contact biosci-help at for a list of software available free
of charge on the Internet.  NOTE, however, that the installation and
maintenance of news software requires the assistance of a trained
systems operator in most cases and is not a task to be undertaken by a
computer novice.

Why is news software preferable to e-mail?  News software recovers
messages automatically after network interruptions, whereas your e-mail
address may have to be removed from the subscription list at times if
your computer/network malfunctions and undelivered mail starts
bouncing back to the BIOSCI administrative sites.  You will have to
manually retrieve lost messages from the archives if your e-mail
subscription is suspended.

News software organizes messages by topic and subtopic for easy
browsing.  In contrast if you subscribe by e-mail to more than one
discussion list, messages from multiple lists arrive into your
personal mail file in chronological order of posting only and are
mixed in with your personal messages.  You have to connect the
discussion threads yourself if you use e-mail.

In summary, e-mail participation should be seen as a LAST RESORT to be
used only if news software can not be installed locally.

Fortunately, BIOSCI offers advantages for e-mail users too.  By having
distribution sites or "nodes" on each major network, BIOSCI allows its
e-mail users to contact people around the world without having to
learn a variety of computer addressing tricks.  Any user can simply
post a message to his/her regional BIOSCI node and copies of that
message will be distributed automatically to all other subscribers on
all of the participating networks, including the Internet, USENET,

List of BIOSCI Mailing Lists and Newsgroups
BIOSCI messages are distributed on the newsgroups in the "bionet"
hierarchy of USENET and on the corresponding mailing lists indicated
below.  Contents of the USENET newsgroups and the e-mail distributions
are *identical*, i.e., messages sent in by e-mail are also forwarded
to USENET and messages posted to USENET newsgroups are also
distributed to e-mail subscribers.

An expanded description of the purpose of each newsgroup follows this

MAILING LIST NAME          USENET Newsgroup Name
-----------------          ---------------------
AGEING                     bionet.molbio.ageing
AGROFORESTRY               bionet.agroforestry
ARABIDOPSIS                bionet.genome.arabidopsis
ASCB **          
BIOFORUM                   bionet.general
BIONAUTS                   bionet.users.addresses
BIONEWS **                 bionet.announce
BIO-JOURNALS **            bionet.journals.contents
BIOPHYSICS                 bionet.biophysics
BIOTHERMOKINETICS          bionet.metabolic-reg
BIO-WWW **       
CELEGANS                   bionet.celegans
CELL-BIOLOGY               bionet.cellbiol
CHLAMYDOMONAS              bionet.chlamydomonas
CHROMOSOMES                bionet.genome.chromosomes
COMPUTATIONAL-BIOLOGY **   bionet.biology.computational
CYTONET                    bionet.cellbiol.cytonet
DROSOPHILA                 bionet.drosophila
EMBL-DATABANK              bionet.molbio.embldatabank
EMF-BIO                    bionet.emf-bio
FASEB **         
GDB                        bionet.molbio.gdb
GENBANK-BB                 bionet.molbio.genbank
GENETIC-LINKAGE            bionet.molbio.gene-linkage
GRASSES-SCIENCE            bionet.biology.grasses
HUMAN-GENOME-PROGRAM       bionet.molbio.genome-program
IMMUNOLOGY                 bionet.immunology
JOURNAL-NOTES              bionet.journals.note
METHODS-AND-REAGENTS       bionet.molbio.methds-reagnts
MICROBIOLOGY               bionet.microbiology
MOLECULAR-EVOLUTION        bionet.molbio.evolution
MOLECULAR-MODELLING        bionet.molec-model
MOLLUSC-MOLECULAR-NEWS     bionet.molbio.molluscs
MYCOLOGY                   bionet.mycology
NEUROSCIENCE               bionet.neuroscience
N2-FIXATION                bionet.biology.n2-fixation
PARASITOLOGY               bionet.parasitology
PHOTOSYNTHESIS             bionet.photosynthesis
PLANT-BIOLOGY              bionet.plants
POPULATION-BIOLOGY         bionet.population-bio
PROTEIN-ANALYSIS           bionet.molbio.proteins
PROTEIN-CRYSTALLOGRAPHY    bionet.xtallography
PROTISTA                   bionet.protista
RAPD                       bionet.molbio.rapd
SCIENCE-RESOURCES **       bionet.sci-resources
STRUCTURAL-NMR             bionet.structural-nmr
TROPICAL-BIOLOGY           bionet.biology.tropical
URODELES                   bionet.organisms.urodeles
VIROLOGY                   bionet.virology
WOMEN-IN-BIOLOGY           bionet.women-in-bio
YEAST                      bionet.molbio.yeast
ZBRAFISH                   bionet.organisms.zebrafish


** Note that newsgroups flagged with ** are moderated, i.e., postings
are directed to a moderator (editor) who later forwards messages
(possibly edited or condensed) to the newsgroup.

List of BIOSCI Newsgroup Topics

-----------------            -----
ACEDB-SOFT                   Discussions by users and developers of genome
                                databases using the ACEDB software.
AGEING                       Discussions about ageing research
AGROFORESTRY                 Discussions about agroforestry research
ARABIDOPSIS                  Newsgroup for the Arabidopsis Genome Project
ASCB **                      Announcements from The American Society
                                for Cell Biology
BIOFORUM                     Discussions about biological topics for
                                which there is not yet a dedicated newsgroup
  THEORY-AND-CHOWDER-SOCIETY Applications of information theory to
                                biology; this group is not for general
                                information or for discussion of
                                theories in general.
BIONAUTS                     Question/answer forum for help using
                                electronic networks, locating e-mail
                                addresses, etc.
BIONEWS **                   General announcements of widespread
                                interest to biologists
BIO-JOURNALS **              Tables of Contents of biological journals
BIO-MATRIX                   Applications of computers to biological databases
BIOPHYSICAL-SOCIETY **       Official announcements/information from the
                                Biophysical Society.
BIOPHYSICS                   Discussion of issues related to the
                                science and profession of biophysics
BIO-SOFTWARE                 Information on software for the biological
BIOTHERMOKINETICS            Discussions about the kinetics, thermodynamics
                                and control of biological processes at
                                the cellular level
BIO-WWW **                   Announcements about new information
                                resources in biology which can be
                                accessed via electronic networked 
                                information retrieval software
CELEGANS                     Research discussions on the model organism 
                                Caenorhabditis elegans and related nematodes 
CELL-BIOLOGY                 Discussions about cell biology including
                                cancer research at the cellular level
CHLAMYDOMONAS                Discussions about the biology of the green alga
                                Chlamydomonas and related genera
CHROMOSOMES                  Discussions about mapping and sequencing
                                of eucaryote chromosomes
COMPUTATIONAL-BIOLOGY **     Mathematical and computer applications in biology
CYTONET                      Discussions about research on the
                                cytoskeleton, plasma membrane, and
                                cell wall
DROSOPHILA                   Discussions about biological research on
EMBL-DATABANK                Messages to and from the EMBL database staff
EMF-BIO                      Discussions about research on
                                electromagnetic field interactions
                                with biological systems
EMPLOYMENT                   Job opportunities in biology (see BIOSCI
                               FAQ *before* posting commercial job openings)
EMPLOYMENT-WANTED            Forum for posting resumes/CVs by
                             individuals seeking employment in the
                             biological sciences or in support of the
                             biological sciences
FASEB **                     Announcements from the Federation of American
                               Societies for Experimental Biology
GDB                          Messages to and from the Genome Data Bank staff
GENBANK-BB                   Messages to and from the GenBank database staff
GENETIC-LINKAGE              Newsgroup for genetic linkage analysis
GRASSES-SCIENCE              Discussions regarding grasses, especially
                               cereal, forage, and turf species
HIV-MOLECULAR-BIOLOGY        Discussions about the molecular biology of HIV
HUMAN-GENOME-PROGRAM         NIH-sponsored newsgroup on human genome issues
IMMUNOLOGY                   Discussions about research in immunology
INFO-GCG                     Discussions about the GCG sequence
                               analysis software
JOURNAL-NOTES                Practical advice on dealing with professional
METHODS-AND-REAGENTS         Requests for information and lab reagents
MICROBIOLOGY                 Discussions about research in microbiology
MOLECULAR-EVOLUTION          Discussions about research in molecular evolution
MOLECULAR-MODELLING          Discussions about molecular modelling
MOLLUSC-MOLECULAR-NEWS       Discussions about research on mollusc DNA
MYCOLOGY                     Discussions about research on filamentous fungi
NEUROSCIENCE                 Discussions about research in the neurosciences
N2-FIXATION                  Discussion about biological nitrogen fixation
PARASITOLOGY                 Discussions about research in parasitology
PHOTOSYNTHESIS               Discussions about photosynthesis research
PLANT-BIOLOGY                Discussions about research in plant biology
POPULATION-BIOLOGY           Discussions about research in population biology
PROTEIN-ANALYSIS             Discussions about research on proteins and
                                messages for the PIR and SWISS-PROT databank
PROTEIN-CRYSTALLOGRAPHY      Discussion about crystallography of macromolecules
                                and messages for the PDB staff
PROTISTA                     Discussions about research on ciliates
                                and other protists
RAPD                         Discussions about Randomly Amplified Polymorphic
SCIENCE-RESOURCES **         Information from/about scientific funding
STADEN                       Discussions between scientists using the
                                Staden molecular sequence analysis software 
STRUCTURAL-NMR               Discussions about the use of NMR for
                                macromolecular structure determination
TROPICAL-BIOLOGY             Discussions about research in tropical biology
URODELES                     Discussions about research in urodele
                                amphibian biology
VIROLOGY                     Discussions about research in virology
WOMEN-IN-BIOLOGY             Discussions about issues concerning women
YEAST                        Discussions about the molecular biology
                                and genetics of yeast
ZBRAFISH                     Discussions about research using the model
                                organism Zebrafish (Danio rerio)

** Note that newsgroups flagged with ** are moderated, i.e., postings
are directed to a moderator (editor) who later forwards messages
(possibly edited or condensed) to the newsgroup.

BIOSCI Newsgroup Discussion Leaders

Most scientific specialty newsgroups (except for a few created several
years ago) have individuals who are responsible for stimulating
discussion on the newsgroup.  General purpose forums such as
METHODS-AND-REAGENTS do not have discussion leaders.  If a group that
you are interested in does not seem to have much activity recently,
please contact the discussion leader and ask why.

NEWSGROUP NAME               Discussion Leader and their e-mail address
--------------               ------------------------------------------
ACEDB-SOFT                   Mike Cherry (cherry at
AGEING                       Sydney Shall (bafa1 at
AGROFORESTRY                 Gerry Lawson (F_GJL at
ARABIDOPSIS                  Chris Somerville (21847CRS at
ASCB **                      Vincent Shan (moderator at
BIOFORUM                     None
  THEORY-AND-CHOWDER-SOCIETY Tom Schneider (toms at
BIONAUTS                     Rob Harper (harper at
BIONEWS **                   David Kristofferson (kristoff at
BIO-JOURNALS **              David Kristofferson (kristoff at
BIO-MATRIX                   Dan Davison (davison at
BIOPHYSICAL-SOCIETY **       David Kristofferson (kristoff at
BIOPHYSICS                   Carol Gross (cgross at
BIO-SOFTWARE                 None
BIOTHERMOKINETICS            John Woods (eanv20 at
BIO-WWW **                   Reinhard Doelz (bio-www at
CELEGANS                     William Morgan (wmorgan at
CELL-BIOLOGY                 Ola Myklebost (ola.myklebost at
CHLAMYDOMONAS                Elizabeth H. Harris (chlamy at and
                             Antonio R. Franco (bf1rodri at
CHROMOSOMES                  Bruce Roe (broe at and
                             Greg Lennon (greg at
COMPUTATIONAL-BIOLOGY **     Phil J. Curtiss (curtiss at
CYTONET                      Nicholas C. Carpita (carpita at
DROSOPHILA                   Michael Ashburner (m.ashburner at
EMBL-DATABANK                None (datalib at
EMF-BIO                      Allan H. Frey (afrey at
EMPLOYMENT                   None
FASEB **                     Vincent Shan (moderator at
GDB                          Kerryn Brandt (kab at
GENBANK-BB                   Dennis Benson (benson at
GENETIC-LINKAGE              Steve Bryant (s_bryant at
GRASSES-SCIENCE              Allen Wright (adwright at
HIV-MOLECULAR-BIOLOGY        Mika Salminen (msalminen at
HUMAN-GENOME-PROGRAM         Jane Peterson (jp2 at
IMMUNOLOGY                   Donald Forsdyke (forsdyke at
INFO-GCG                     John Cargill (ontogen at
JOURNAL-NOTES                Donald Forsdyke (forsdyke at
MICROBIOLOGY                 Martin Latterich (mdhouse at
MOLECULAR-EVOLUTION          Dan Davison (davison at
MOLECULAR-MODELLING          Philippe Stas (philstas at
MOLLUSC-MOLECULAR-NEWS       Elizabeth Grace Boulding (boulding at
MYCOLOGY                     Tom Adams (tom at
                             Leland Ellis (leland at
                             Greg May (gsmay at
NEUROSCIENCE                 Vincent A Mazzarella (vamg6792 at
                             James L. Olds (olds at
N2-FIXATION                  Eng-Leong Foo
                             (eng-leong_foo_mircen-ki%micforum at 
PARASITOLOGY                 Daniel R. Brooks, Sherwin S. Desser and
                             Henry Hong (parasite at
PHOTOSYNTHESIS               Johnathan Marder (marder at
PLANT-BIOLOGY                Tony Travis (ajt at
PROTEIN-ANALYSIS             Amos Bairoch (bairoch at and
                             John Garavelli (garavelli at
PROTEIN-CRYSTALLOGRAPHY      Morten Kjeldgaard (morten at
PROTISTA                     Marsha Altschule
                             (marsha.i.altschuler at and
                             Mark Farmer (farmer at
RAPD                         James Farmer (farmerj at
SCIENCE-RESOURCES **         David Kristofferson (kristoff at
STADEN                       Tim Littlejohn (tim at
STRUCTURAL-NMR               C. S. Raman (raman at
TROPICAL-BIOLOGY             Matti Nummelin (saarikko at
URODELES                     Susan Duhon (duhon at and
                             Anthony Mescher (mescher at
VIROLOGY                     Robert Coelen (robert at
WOMEN-IN-BIOLOGY             Cassandra Smith (cls at
YEAST                        Francis Ouellette (francis at
ZBRAFISH                     Richard Vogt (vogt at and 
                             Una Smith (smith-una at

** Note that newsgroups flagged with ** are moderated.

Participating in BIOSCI Using USENET News Software
Users who have access to USENET news software and the bionet USENET
groups can participate immediately, i.e., they do not need to
"subscribe" to anything.  They can read and reply to messages using
their local news software (e.g., "nn" or "rn") and post new messages
of their own.

Users will have to consult their local systems managers for help in
using news software.  There are many different programs available and
the BIOSCI staff can not provide training in news software use.
Fortunately, most news software is fairly simple to use and can be
learned quickly.

When posting new messages, USENET users should be sure to set the
message "distribution" to "world" or "bionet" or else your message may
not be distributed beyond your local computer.  In most cases,
messages are posted directly to the newsgroups without editorial
intervention.  Some groups (indicated in the lists above) are
"moderated," however.  This means that postings to these newsgroups
will be sent to the newsgroup moderator who will decide whether or not
the message is suitable for posting to the newsgroup in question.

Participating in BIOSCI by E-mail
E-MAIL SUBSCRIPTION!!  Simply read and post to the newsgroups in the
"bionet" newsgroup hierarchy using your USENET news software.

E-mail Subscription Requests and other Information
For users in the Americas and Pacific Rim countries, e-mail
subscription and cancellation requests are handled automatically by an
e-mail server, although personal assistance is also available via the
biosci-help at address.  Once your e-mail address is added to a
subscription list, mail will be sent to your address automatically
each time someone posts a message.  This will continue until you
remove your address from the subscription list.

You should first send the


command to the address

biosci-server at

to obtain a listing of all current BIOSCI mailing lists.  You may
leave your message Subject: line blank in any message that is sent to
the server (text on the Subject: line is *not* processed).  Please
include all commands only in the body of your mail message.

Please BE SURE to substitute the appropriate mailing list name
obtained FROM THE "lists" COMMAND OUTPUT for "listname" in the
subscribe or unsubscribe commands shown below.  Some list names used
by the server are abbreviated compared to their full spelling in the
BIOSCI information sheet.

After obtaining the names of the mailing lists using the "lists"
command, use the

subscribe listname


unsubscribe listname

commands to add or delete your address from the mailing lists.  Please
substitute "listname" above with the appropriate name of the list that
you want to join/cancel.

!!! PLEASE BE SURE to send all subscribe or unsubscribe commands only to
!!! the biosci-server at address and not to the newsgroup posting
!!! addresses where they will bother all of the readers!

Your e-mail address is obtained AUTOMATICALLY from the header of your
mail message and should NOT be included on the subscribe/unsubscribe
command line unless you need to sign up at a different address than
the one you are currently using.  Such requests must be handled
manually by us and create extra work.  (Also you would be surprised at
how many people list their e-mail addresses incorrectly, so please let
our server obtain this information automatically from your mail

Multiple commands may be placed on separate lines in the same mail
message, i.e., you can include all of your subscribe and/or
unsubscribe requests in one mail message as long as each is on a
separate line.  If you put multiple commands in your mail message,
please put an


command as the last in your list of commands.  This helps avoid
sending to the server any signatures that might be automatically
included in your mail messages.

Here is a sample subscription message.  The address public at
would be automatically added to the bionews and grasses mailing lists
as the result of this message.
    To: biosci-server at
    From: J.Q. Public <public at>

    subscribe bionews
    subscribe grasses

If you are already a BIOSCI e-mail subscriber and need to determine
which mailing lists you are on currently, send the command


to biosci-server at if you are signed up under the address
which will appear on the From: line of your mail message.  If your
address has changed, you can put a search string after the which
command, e.g., if you are certain than your user name has always been
jqpublic but do not remember the computer hostname, send the command

which jqpublic

Other command details are included in the mail server help file from
biosci-server at  To get the server help file
(in computerese 8-), send in the


command to the server address.

E-mail Address Changes
If you have subscribed to a newsgroup and are now leaving an
institution or changing your e-mail address, it is IMPERATIVE that you
cancel your subscription!  Non-existent addresses or overflowing
mailboxes cause computer mail programs to send back "daemon" messages
which might bother everybody on the newsgroup.  We will immediately
remove any address causing such a problem, but would prefer it if you
would notify us in advance as a courtesy to the rest of the user

Interruption of E-mail Service
It is our policy to remove any address from our mailing lists which
becomes inaccessible and causes mail to bounce back to the sender.
This might happen to you if your local computer or network fails for a
significant period of time.  If you notice that you are no longer
receiving BIOSCI postings, it may be because your address was removed
for the above reason.  It will be necessary for you to contact
biosci-help at and resubscribe.  Please see the BIOSCI FAQ,
mentioned at the beginning of this document, for more details on how
BIOSCI handles addresses which reject mail.

Posting Messages to Newsgroups by E-mail
Those who use e-mail to post messages should send their mail to the
following Internet addresses in the USA:


                      biosci-server at

for subscription or cancellation requests as explained above.  Your
posting could go to several thousand people.  Supposing that each
person spends a couple of seconds to figure out that you did this,
before they go on to the next message.  You will have wasted the
equivalent of several hours of one person's time, not to mention
wasted computer time and disk storage.

MAILING LIST NAME           Mailing Address 
-----------------           ----------------      
ACEDB-SOFT                  acedb at
AGEING                      ageing at
AGROFORESTRY                ag-forst at
ARABIDOPSIS                 arab-gen at
ASCB **                     ascb at
BIOFORUM                    bioforum at
BIONAUTS                    bio-naut at
BIONEWS **                  bionews at 
BIO-JOURNALS **             bio-jrnl at
BIO-MATRIX                  biomatrx at
BIOPHYSICAL-SOCIETY **      bphyssoc at
BIOPHYSICS                  biophys at
BIO-SOFTWARE                bio-soft at
BIOTHERMOKINETICS           btk-mca at
BIO-WWW **                  bio-www at
CELEGANS                    celegans at
CELL-BIOLOGY                cellbiol at
CHLAMYDOMONAS               chlamy at
CHROMOSOMES                 biochrom at
CYTONET                     cytonet at
DROSOPHILA                  dros at
EMBL-DATABANK               embl-db at 
EMF-BIO                     emf-bio at
EMPLOYMENT                  biojobs at 
EMPLOYMENT-WANTED           wantjob at
FASEB                       faseb at
GDB                         gdb at
GENBANK-BB                  genbankb at
GENETIC-LINKAGE             gen-link at
GRASSES-SCIENCE             grasses at
HIV-MOLECULAR-BIOLOGY       hiv-biol at
HUMAN-GENOME-PROGRAM        gnome-pr at
IMMUNOLOGY                  immuno at
INFO-GCG                    info-gcg at
JOURNAL-NOTES               jrnlnote at
METHODS-AND-REAGENTS        methods at 
MICROBIOLOGY                microbio at
MOLECULAR-EVOLUTION         mol-evol at
MOLECULAR-MODELLING         molmodel at
MYCOLOGY                    mycology at
NEUROSCIENCE                neur-sci at
N2-FIXATION                 n2fix at
PARASITOLOGY                parasite at
PHOTOSYNTHESIS              photosyn at
PLANT-BIOLOGY               plantbio at
POPULATION-BIOLOGY          pop-bio at 
PROTEIN-ANALYSIS            proteins at
PROTISTA                    protista at
RAPD                        rapd at
SCIENCE-RESOURCES **        sci-res at
STADEN                      staden at
STRUCTURAL-NMR              str-nmr at
TROPICAL-BIOLOGY            trop-bio at
URODELES                    urodeles at
VIROLOGY                    virology at
WOMEN-IN-BIOLOGY            womenbio at
YEAST                       yeast at
ZBRAFISH                    zbrafish at


** Note that newsgroups flagged with ** are moderated, i.e., postings
are directed to a moderator (editor) who later forwards messages
(possibly edited or condensed) to the newsgroup.

Retrieval of old postings from the BIOSCI archives
Users with Internet access can use either the WAIS or gopher software
to search the BIOSCI archives located at as described in
the BIOSCI FAQ.  E-mail users can retrieve messages from our waismail
e-mail server.  For waismail instructions, send the word


in a message to waismail at  Please leave the Subject: line
of your message blank.

BIOSCI "prototype" newsgroups
To assist areas of research in developing their own electronic
communication forums, BIOSCI at will set up, on request, a
mailing list *without* an associated USENET newsgroup.  The mailing
list is created only at, the U.S. BIOSCI node, and all
subscription requests must be sent to the e-mail server at
biosci-server at regardless of one's geographical location.
There is no charge for this or any other BIOSCI service, as usual.

This procedure waives the rule that requires each new newsgroup
proposal to be put to a vote of the readership first (see the BIOSCI
FAQ, mentioned at the beginning of this document, for details on
creating new full-fledged newsgroups and prototype newsgroups).  Each
mailing list ("prototype newsgroup") must have a scientist volunteer
to serve as its discussion leader and an initial list of e-mail
subscribers.  The prototype newsgroup has six months to build up its
readership after which time it is put out for a vote for full
newsgroup status (i.e., to have both a mailing list *and* parallel
USENET newsgroup created at both BIOSCI nodes in the U.S. and U.K.).
If you are interested in establishing such a forum for your research
specialty, please contact biosci-help at

The current prototype newsgroups are listed below.  Please send
subscription requests to biosci-server at and NOT to the
newsgroup posting addresses.  Prototype newsgroups may *not* be fully
archived, so please be sure to save any messages that you may want to
refer to again.

Posting Address         Purpose
---------------         -------
amyloid at     Discussions about research on amyloid protein
                          and Alzheimer's disease.
bigblue at     Discussions between researchers who use
                          transgenic animal systems for mutation assays.
biocan at      An unmoderated forum established by the
                          Canadian Federation of Biological Societies
                          (CFBS) to serve as a multidisciplinary forum
                          for the exchange of information within the
                          Canadian biological and biomedical science
diagnost at    Discussion of problems involved in diagnosis
                          of pathogens, in all fields
                          (plant/animal/human) and involving the full
                          range of diagnostic techniques (biochemical/
                          serological/ nucleic acid). 
plant-ed at    Discussions among instructors, lab
                          preparators, and graduate assistants who
                          teach courses in any aspect of plant biology
                          at both the undergraduate and graduate level. 
rna at         Discussions about RNA editing, RNA splicing,
                          and ribozyme activities of RNA.
schisto at     Discussions about research on Schistosoma.
yac at         Discussions about yeast artificial chromosomes.
7tms_r at      Discussions about the cloning, characterization
                          and analysis of members of the super-family 
                          of heptahelical signal transducing receptors
                          which interact with heterotrimeric G-proteins.

Retrieving Other BIOSCI Documentation
BIOSCI documents are kept in the anonymous FTP area on
[] in the directory pub/BIOSCI/doc and can be retrieved
eith via FTP or by gopher to  Documents can also be
retrieved by addressing e-mail to the Internet address
biosci-server at and including any of the commands below in
the body of your mail message.  Text placed on the Subject: line of
your message is ignored, so please be sure that the commands are in
the body of the mail message.  Although multiple commands may be
placed in one message, we recommend instead that one message be sent
per command to avoid having to extract multiple documents from a
single message.  The server sends back all information requested from
a multiple command query in a single response message.

Document to Retrieve            Command to send to biosci-server at
--------------------            --------------------------------------------
BIOSCI FAQ                      info faq
(Frequently Asked ?'s
 about using BIOSCI)

BIOSCI info sheet for the
Americas & Pacific Rim          info usinfo

BIOSCI info sheet for
Europe, Africa, & 
Central Asia                    info ukinfo

Information on Network
Connections                     info internet

How to set up USENET News
at your site                    info usenet1

USENET Netiquette and other
edifying reading                info usenet2

FURTHER QUESTIONS???  Please address them to biosci-help at


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