CALL FOR DISCUSSION: FLUORESCENT-PROTEINS/bionet.molbio.proteins.fluorescent

BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at
Mon Mar 20 14:09:30 EST 1995

We have received a proposal below for a new newsgroup,


Discussion on the following proposal will now be open through 29 March
on BIOFORUM/bionet.general (*not* on BIONEWS/bionet.announce).  For
those who are not on the BIOFORUM/bionet.general newsgroup currently,
either read bionet.general on USENET or contact one of the following
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One warning, however: BIOFORUM/bionet.general is a "chatty" newsgroup
and many other items will be discussed there besides this newsgroup
proposal.  USENET news access is definitely better than e-mail if you
want to monitor only this discussion.

Discussion Guidelines
Please do not post one-line messages saying things like "I am in favor
of such a newsgroup".  We will collect votes later.  The discussion
period is an opportunity for anyone to bring up reservations about the
proposed charter below and to propose modifications prior to the vote.
If the charter is perfect as is, then there is no need for anyone to
say anything!!!

The newsgroup discussion leader may submit a revised proposal in light
of the discussion, and the new charter would be included in the call
for votes which will go out on 30 March (Newsgroup Discussion
leaders - please note this deadline - if no revisions are received
before the deadline, the original charter will be voted on.).

Please be aware that only one vote is counted per e-mail address, so
it is necessary to have your own account in order to vote.  Multiple
votes from the same address are not accepted.  If you are interested
in the following newsgroup, but do not have an e-mail address of your
own, please obtain one from your computer center before the call for
votes is issued.

Proposal to establish:

Proposed USENET name:         bionet.molbio.proteins.fluorescent

Proposed mailing list name:   FLUORESCENT-PROTEINS
Proposed e-mail addresses:    fluorpro at
                              fluorpro at

Discussion Leaders:
Paul Kitts              e-mail: paulki at
Steve Kain              e-mail: stevek at
Bioluminescence, the production of visible light by living
organisms, is a fascinating biological phenomenon. In addition,
bioluminescent organisms have provided biologists with several
powerful research tools: Luciferases which are used as highly
sensitive quantitative reporter genes, Aequorin which is used to
report on intracellular levels of Ca++ ions, the pycobiliproteins,
and most recently Green fluorescent protein (GFP) which is a 
novel reporter that can be used to monitor gene expression and 
protein localization inside living cells and organisms. 

This newsgroup is intended to provide a forum for discussion of
bioluminescence, to promote further development of reporter
proteins obtained from bioluminescent organisms, and to
facilitate their application to interesting biological

We anticipate that the participants in this newsgroup will be:
- scientists studying the biology and biochemistry of 
- scientists developing new or improved fluorescent proteins,
  luciferases or aequorin-like proteins.
- scientists using these reporter proteins in their research.
- scientists developing instruments for the imaging or 
  quantitation of the light emitted by these reporters.

The newsgroup is intended to provide :
- a forum for the discussion of ideas, problems and recent 
  developments concerning light emitting reporter proteins.
- a place for sharing unpublished results, both successes and 
- a source of help on methodological and technical problems.
- opportunities for collaborative efforts between labs.
The newsgroup will run unmoderated but we are willing to act as

Paul Kitts & Steve Kain
CLONTECH Laboratories
Palo Alto, California.

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