Welcome bionet.immunology

Wed Jul 1 08:29:55 EST 1992

   First Benny Shomer from Isreal asked why is there not an immunology group
on Bionet. Then, I formally proposed a newsgroup and offered to be the
Discussion Leader. Then 105 people world-wide with an interest in immunology
voted for it. So here we go, with many thanks to David Kristofferson and his
electronic wizards for setting the whole thing up.

Topics of interest might be:

   Mechanism of self/not-self discrimination
   Evolution and role of MHC polymorphism
   Two signal hypotheses
   Education of T cells
   Education of B cells
   T cell and B cell cooperation
   G0/G1 switch to activate ICCs (immunologically competent cells)
   Mechanisms of ICC deletion or suppression
   T cell receptors
   B cell receptors
   Signal transduction pathways
   Parasite strategies to avoid the immune response
   Why does not a placental mammal not reject the fetal "graft"?
   Relationship of heat-shock response to intracellular self discrimination
   Mechanism of action of cyclosporine
   The acute phase response
   Role of fever in infections- positive or negative?
   Protocols and Methods.
   Data on hybridoma and cell clones.

   No doubt the group will take on a flavour of its own irrespective of the
above suggestions.

   So, Welcome to Bionet.immunology.

   Yours sincerely,

   Donald R. Forsdyke, Department of Biochemistry,
                       Queen's University, Kingston,
                       Ontario, Canada K7L3N6
   forsdyke at qucdn.queensu.ca    613-545-2980.

Voting is now open on bionet.immunology and will run through June 19th
inclusive.  Please send your vote to any of the following addresses:

Address                               Location        Network
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biovote at daresbury.ac.uk               U.K.            JANET
biovote at genbank.bio.net               U.S.A.          Internet/BITNET
biovote at irlearn.ucd.ie                Ireland         EARN/BITNET

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                                Dave Kristofferson
                                GenBank Manager

                                kristoff at genbank.bio.net

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