RFD: sci.bio.microbiology

Una Smith una at doliolum.biology.yale.edu
Sun Sep 4 14:06:51 EST 1994


This is a repost of an RFD from early August.  Your comments are
invited.  If you are new to Usenet, and don't know what RFDs are
all about, I will be happy to explain.


REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION

Proposal to create sci.bio.microbiology, unmoderated.

CHARTER

For broad discussion of microbiology, including organismic studies
(ecology, biodiversity, bioremediation, classical genetics, and
other types of applied microbiology) and systematics.  This newsgroup
serves also as a place where lay readers can ask biologists their
questions about yeast, fungi, and bacteria, as well as health and
environmental issues having to do with these and other microscopic
organisms.  This group complements the more technically oriented
newsgroup bionet.microbiology.


JUSTIFICATION

Sci.bio.microbiology was originally discussed in sci.bio earlier
this year, but was preempted by a proposal for bionet.microbiology.
During the discussion of that newsgroup, however, there emerged a
significant difference of opinion regarding the purpose of the
newsgroup, and the various pros and cons of placement in sci.bio.*
versus bionet.*.  It seems that there may be both enough interest
and non-overlap to support two microbiology newsgroups, one more
technical, and one more general and broad.  Also, propagation 
problems in bionet.microbiology may be relieved by cross-posting
to sci.bio.microbiology.

Please direct comments to news.groups.

Bionet.microbiology readers:  If you get bionet.microbiology
via e-mail from the gated mailing list microbio at net.bio.net or
microbio at daresbury.ac.uk, you are probably not able to follow
the discussion on news.groups.  Replies to bionet.microbiology
or to me will be reposted to news.groups, so readers there can
hear what you have to say.

So that all bionet.microbiology and bionet.methds-reagnts
readers see this RFD, it is necessary to post separately to
each newsgroup.  My apologies, if anyone gets more than one
copy and is annoyed.

-- 
	Una Smith			smith-una at yale.edu

Department of Biology, Yale University, New Haven, CT  06520-8104  USA



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