BIOSCI Newsgroups - Changes

BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at
Tue Aug 1 03:00:09 EST 1995

BIOSCI documentation, newsgroup archives and searchable indexes are
available through the BIOSCI home page on the World Wide Web (WWW).
The URL is


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Molecular Dynamics, Inc. and Knight-Ridder Information, Inc.  For
details, please visit our World Wide Web home page at our URL listed
above.  If you speak to representatives of these companies, please
thank them for sponsoring BIOSCI!!

The following new newsgroups were created last month.  Please check
the BIOSCI info sheet in a subsequent posting for details:

BIOTECHNIQUES **             Discussions of articles in the journal

PLANT-EDUCATION              Education issues in plant biology

** = moderated newsgroup.

The unmoderated EMPLOYMENT/ newsgroup was closed and
replaced with a *moderated* newsgroup called

EMPLOYMENT/        Job opportunities in biology 

The following new prototype newsgroups were created last month.
Please check the section on prototype newsgroups near the end of the
BIOSCI info sheet for details:

   No new prototype groups in July.

IMPORTANT - What to do if new bionet USENET groups do not appear at
^^^^^^^^^   your site.

As automatic creation of new USENET newsgroups becomes less common at
most sites, users may have to check with their local news
administrators periodically to ensure that they are receiving a
complete set of bionet USENET newsgroups.  The "bionet Checkgroups
Message" is a BIOSCI WWW page option under the BIOSCI documentation
section mentioned above.  News administrators should regularly use
this checkgroups script, e.g., once a month, to ensure that the latest
bionet USENET newsgroups are available on their news system.  The
checkgroups message is automatically posted to the "control" newsgroup
on the first of each month, so your news administrator should be
alerted automatically by e-mail if bionet groups are missing at your
site.  Nonetheless they will still have to read and take manual action
on the output of this e-mail if automatic newsgroup creation is
disabled locally.

In summary, if you can't find new bionet newsgroups in your
newsreader, please call this checkgroups feature to the attention of
your news administrator.  Please also check the BIOSCI FAQ for
instructions on solving other common news propagation problems.


				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				biosci-help at

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