MOLECULAR-REPERTOIRES/bionet.molecules.repertoires passes: 126 YES : 0 NO

BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at net.bio.net
Thu Sep 7 21:22:29 EST 1995


I am pleased to announce that the proposal to create

MOLECULAR-REPERTOIRES/bionet.molecules.repertoires

passed by a vote of 126 YES to 0 NO.  We will proceed to create this
group as soon as possible.  E-mail users, please do not request
subscriptions until an announcement is made that the newsgroup is
ready for operation.

				Sincerely,

				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				biosci-help at net.bio.net


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Proposal to establish MOLECULAR-REPERTOIRES/bionet.molecules.repertoires

Proposed USENET name:       	bionet.molecular.repertoires
			 
Proposed mailing list name:	molreps at net.bio.net
                                molreps at daresbury.ac.uk

Proposed discussion leader:	Andrew Wallace
                                wallace at irbm.it

Proposed newsgroup charter:

Molecular-Repertoires is to serve as a forum for all those who are
interested in the generation and use of large collections of molecules for
basic research and drug discovery. The interdisciplinary nature of this
rapidly-growing new research frontier raises the need for a means by which
investigators can communicate rapidly and easily across the boundaries
which normally define more discipline-specific areas of research. There is
currently no existing or proposed bionet newsgroup which acts as a specific
forum for scientists whose investigative efforts involve:

--Libraries of biological macromolecules (phage libraries, peptides,
  proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, etc.).

--Organic chemical combinatorial libraries (benzodiazepines, etc.).

--Development and adaptation of chemical reactions on solid-phase.

--Novel methods to analyse and generate molecular diversity.

--Screening of repertoires to identify molecules of interest.

--Techniques which make use of combinatorial methods in isolating specific
  ligands.


The newsgroup will have a different role from the other newsgroups on
biological molecules (bionet.proteins, bionet.glycosci,
methods-reagents, bionet.molecules.peptides, etc.) since it will
concentrate on the combinatorial chemical and biological aspects of such
molecules without being restricted to discussion of any particular
molecular type, hence the use of the term molecular repertoires or
"molreps" to avoid bias.

Formation of the newsgroup would provide:

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

--A source of information for new participants.

--A bulletin board for announcements of meetings, funding sources and job
  opportunities, both for positions available and for persons seeking
  employment.

--A means of 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.

--Identification of equipment and instrumentation for execution of 
  combinatorial chemistry.

All those with an interest in this exciting new field are encouraged to
participate in this newsgroup.  The newsgroup will be unmoderated.
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