INSULIN-ACTION/bionet.cellbiol.insulin is ready!

BIOSCI Administrator biohelp at
Tue Jun 6 00:22:49 EST 1995

The INSULIN-ACTION/bionet.cellbiol.insulin newsgroup is ready for
operation.  This newsgroup is moderated, i.e., all postings are
forwarded to a moderator/editor and are reviewed prior to
distribution.  The newsgroup charter is appended below followed by
detailed usage instructions and information on how to search the
newsgroup archives.  *Please save* this message for future reference
if you intend to participate in this newsgroup.

Information for INSULIN/bionet.cellbiol.insulin (moderated)

USENET newsgroup name:          bionet.cellbiol.insulin

Moderator's address:            insulin-moderator at
				(bionet-cellbiol-insulin is an alias
				 for the above address)

Moderator:                      T.S. Pillay, MD, PhD
                                University of California San Diego
                                Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism
                                Dept. of Medicine, Mail code 0673
                                9500 Gilman Drive
                                La Jolla, CA  92093-0673
                                Tel: 619-534-8898
                                Fax: 619-534-7181
                                tpillay at

Mailing list name:	        INSULIN-ACTION

E-mail posting addresses:       insulin at
                                insulin at


To create a worldwide forum via the Internet for scientists studying
the chemistry of insulin; the biology of insulin receptor signal
transduction; insulin resistance; insulin-like growth factor I
receptors and related tyrosine kinase receptors; insulin degradation.
The biology of related hormones and receptors will be included in so
far as they have a bearing on research in this field.  This forum will
enable intimate discussion and exchange relating to scientific issues
in this research area and facilitate the flow of information relating
to research in this field..


Discuss pertinent issues relating to research in the insulin field.

1) Journal club- discussion of recently published  papers and an
opportunity to field questions to authors . Suggestions for papers will
invited from readers.

2) Forthcoming papers- authors who have papers in press are invited to
submit the abstracts of their papers for perusal by the scientific
community.  Also authors may wish to make manuscripts available by FTP.

3) Focuspoint - discussion of current issues in the biology of insulin
action, controversial or otherwise

4) Meeting announcements- meetings of relevance to this field can be
announced through this forum.

5) Reagents wanted/offered

6)Technical section- experimental problems can be discussed in this section.

7) Positions offered or wanted

Status:  Moderated

Moderation policy:

Moderator will primarily serve as a discussion leader and seek to
maintain order in the discussion threads and prevent "flaming" and
unauthorized advertising by companies.

Exclusions: Issues not related to the newsgroup purpose and charter.



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Your message will forwarded to the moderator for review and may or may
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Please use the e-mail server addresses as indicated above.

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How to look at archives of the list:

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You can also access these same files via Gopher if you start a gopher
session using as your gopher server.  Gopher also allows
you to view the individual messages within each monthly archive file.
The files are in the INSULIN-ACTION directory.  Postings to
bionet.cellbiol.insulin are also WAIS indexed and can be searched via
either gopher or WAIS at our site.  In gopher the option at is "Search Bionet USENET Articles" and in WAIS one should
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BIOSCI/bionet messages including this newsgroup.  Please see the
BIOSCI FAQ for details.  The FAQ can be requested from
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via WWW/Mosaic.  The URL is and you can run the
WAIS archive searches in your WWW browser software window after
connecting to our site.

Once again, if you have any administrative questions that require
personal assistance, please address them to biosci-help at in
the U.S. or biosci at in the UK.

Best wishes for a successful newsgroup!


				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				biosci-help at

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