MICROBIOLOGY FAQ (long)

Martin Latterich micro at mendel.berkeley.edu
Thu Jul 21 21:35:29 EST 1994


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                       The BIONET.MICROBIOLOGY FAQ
                                  V 1.0
                              July 21, 1994
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This is version 1.0 of the BIONET.MICROBIOLOGY FAQ (frequently asked
questions). This FAQ is largely compiled from suggestions and input
from participants in the MICROBIOLOGY newsgroup. There is always more
that can be added, and I do appreciate additions, info, suggestions,
criticism of interest to the microbiology community. Please send all
submissions to micro at mendel.Berkeley.EDU with the ÒMicro FAQÓ as
subject header. 

The FAQ will be posted once a month to BIONET.MICROBIOLOGY, as close to
the beginning of the month as humanly possible. This issue and future
issues can also be retrieved by anonymous FTP from mendel.Berkeley.EDU
in the /pub/micro directory, using your e-mail address as password.

The FAQ is organized as follows:

I.     What is bionet.microbiology
II.    How to access bionet.microbiology
III.   How to retrieve old articles
IV.    How and what to post in bionet.microbiology
V.     Related newsgroups and bulletin boards
VI.    Other internet sources of interest to microbiologists
VII.   Actual frequently asked questions
VIII.  Miscellaneous



I.  WHAT IS BIONET.MICROBIOLOGY
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bionet.microbiology is an internet newsgroup aimed at the discussion
and information exchange of any relevant microbiological topic. The
newsgroup is in the bionet sector and is accessible to subscription via
electronic mail and/or directly from newsservers carrying the bionet
newsgroups.

The newsgroup, bionet.microbiology, is intended as a forum for
scientific discussions and questions regarding all aspects of the
microbiological sciences. Topics ranging from the microorganismsÕ
biochemistry, evolution, genetics, host-parasite relationships,
molecular biology, pathology, physiology, role in biotechnology, role
in pathogenesis, taxonomy to the teaching of microbiology will be
covered.

In addition, the newsgroup will allow announcements of meetings,
funding sources and job opportunities, a collection of practical
advice, methodologies specific to the field of microbiology, a list of
frequently asked questions, including but not limited to common
techniques, experimental approaches to reoccurring problems, the
"to-knows" about microbes and pointers to other information sources.



II.  HOW TO ACCESS BIONET.MICROBIOLOGY
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The newsgroup is in the bionet sector and is accessible from your local
newsserver (NNTP server), assuming it carries the bionet newsgroups.
You also can subscribe to bionet.microbiology via electronic mail.


1) Access by NNTP server

The newsgroup is accessible as bionet.microbiology by NNTP servers
carrying bionet newsgroups. If your NNTP server does not have
bionet.microbiology, it is likely that your local news administrator
has overlooked this newsgroup. Please contact your local news
administrator concerning the addition of this newsgroup to your local
newsserver.


2) Access by e-mail

Everyone in the AMERICAS and the PACIFIC RIM who has no access to a
newsserver and wishes to subscribe to bionet.microbiology can send an
e-mail to:

        biosci-server at net.bio.net 

with the following text in the body of the message:

        subscribe microbio


If you are located in EUROPE, AFRICA, OR CENTRAL ASIA and wish to
subscribe to bionet.microbiology, send an e-mail to:

        MXT at dl.ac.uk

with the following text in the body of the message:

        SUB bionet-news.bionet.microbiology


3) General BIOSCI/bionet information

If you like to know more about e-mail subscription and other bionet.*
newsgroups and are located in the AMERICAS or the PACIFIC RIM, send an
e-mail from your account to:

       biosci-server at net.bio.net

with 

       info usinfo

in the body of your message. If you like to know more about e-mail
subscription and other bionet.* newsgroups and are located in Europe,
Africa or Asia, send an e-mail from your account to:

       biosci-server at net.bio.net

with 

       info ukinfo

in the body of your message.

You will receive a file with instructions of how to access the bionet.*
newsgroups and furthermore find pointers to other useful information.
Dave Kristofferson, the BIOSCI/bionet Manager, and others have done an
excellent job in compiling a list of helpful information which are Òa
mustÓ to everybody not familiar with the internet and netnews. This
BIOSCI/bionet FAQ will cover all aspects concerning access to
newsgroups, subscription, cancellation of subscription, how to post
articles, what to post and not to post, how to reply to posts. I
strongly recommend everyone not yet familiar with netnews and e-mail
subscription to take a few minutes to familiarize themselves with the
BIOSCI/bionet FAQ document. The FAQ can be retrieved by sending an
e-mail to:

       biosci-server at net.bio.net

with 

       info faq

in the body of your message.


III.  HOW TO RETRIEVE OLD ARTICLES
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1) Access of bionet.microbiology archives by anonymous FTP and gopher

Archives for bionet.microbiology can be accessed by anonymous FTP at
net.bio.net [134.172.2.69] in the pub/BIOSCI/MICROBIOLOGY directory.
Note that files are ordered by date, and that the filenames are case
sensitive.

The same archived files are accessible via Gopher using net.bio.net as
your gopher server. Gopher also allows you to view the individual
messages within each monthly archive file. The files are in the
MICROBIOLOGY directory. Please see the BIOSCI/bionet faq for details
(see above).


IV.  HOW AND WHAT TO POST IN BIONET.MICROBIOLOGY
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Any message or post concerning microbiology, itÕs sub disciplines, or
any aspect of interest to the microbiology community are welcome in
this newsgroup, provided they are scientific in nature.

Some technical guidelines to posting messages to the bionet newsgroups
are described in the BIOSCI/bionet faq (see above), and anybody not
certain of how and what to post should become familiar with the
document.

V.  RELATED NEWSGROUPS AND BULLETIN BOARDS
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1) Newsgroups

A number of other newsgroups exist in the bionet.* sector which have
specialized in certain aspects of microbiology, or because they deal
with a microorganism as a model system.

These newsgroups are:

bionet.chlamydomonas
bionet.biology.n2-fixation
bionet.immunology
bionet.molbio.evolution
bionet.molbio.hiv
bionet.molbio.methds-reagnts
bionet.molbio.yeast
bionet.mycology
bionet.parasitology
bionet.protista
bionet.virology

Anybody interested in accessing these newsgroup can do so as described
above.

2) Microbiology BBS

There has been a public announcement of a Microbiology Bulletin Board
Service (BBS) whose construction is in progress (Sutton, S. (1994). ASM
News, Vol. 60 Iss. 5, pg. 231). Further information of itÕs purpose and
how to access it can be obtained from:
SSUTTON at Eckert.acadcomp.monroecc.edu by sending an e-mail message to
the BBSÕs owner.

NOTE: I tried to contact the owner of the BBS concerning access
information, but as yet I have not had any reply.


VI.  OTHER INTERNET SOURCES OF INTEREST TO MICROBIOLOGISTS
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Under construction; a few select entries are:

1) e-mail
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2) Anonymous FTP
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3) Gopher/WAIS/WWW
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ATCC            The gopher server address of ATCC (American Type
Culture 
                Collection) is:
                atcc.org
                On-line catalog search is available.

Candida         WWW and gopher severs with information about Candida 
                albicans molecular biology. The servers share most of 
                their text data. The WWW server has additional images 
                and diagrams. To access them:
                Point your gopher client to:      alces.med.umn.edu
                There is a directory with the Candida information.

                The URL for the WWW server is:
                http://alces.med.umn.edu/start.html
                There are links to the Candida information and other 
                information on the server on that page.


GenomeNet       GenomeNet is a Japanese computer network for genome 
                research and related research areas in molecular and 
                cellular biology. It can be accessed by WWW as:
                http://www.genome.ad.jp



VII.  ACTUAL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Under construction; need more questions to do the stats to see if they
are frequent or not ;-).


VIII.  MISCELLANEOUS
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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Thanks to Dave Kristofferson and the ÒbionettersÓ for compiling an
excellent and comprehensive BIOSCI/bionet faq, which served as the
basis to the technical subscription information in this MICROBIOLOGY
FAQ in sections II. and III.

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More information is always welcome. Please mail your suggestions,
criticism and information to

micro at mendel.Berkeley.EDU

Martin Latterich, PhD
bionet.microbiology Discussion Leader
University of California, Berkeley





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