Info sheet for BIOSCI

Sat Jul 22 06:31:01 EST 1995

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                       (last revised 09-JUN-95)
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to biosci-server at net.bio.net as described above except that the

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should be used in the body of the mail message.  The FAQ is also
posted on the first of each month to the newsgroup
BIONEWS/bionet.announce immediately following the posting of both
versions of the BIOSCI information sheet.

Contents of this Document
List of BIOSCI Mailing Lists and Newsgroups
List of BIOSCI Newsgroup Topics
BIOSCI Newsgroup Discussion Leaders
Participating in BIOSCI Using USENET News Software
Participating in BIOSCI by E-mail
  E-mail Subscription Requests and other Information
  E-mail Address Changes
  Interruption of E-mail Service
  Posting Messages to Newsgroups by E-mail
Retrieval of old postings from the BIOSCI archives
BIOSCI "prototype" newsgroups
Retrieving Other BIOSCI Documentation


The BIOSCI newsgroup network was developed to allow easy worldwide
communications between biological scientists who work on a variety of
computer networks.  BIOSCI is supported by the National Science
Foundation, Department of Energy, and National Institutes of Health in
the U.S.A. and by the CCL Daresbury Laboratory in the United Kingdom.
BIOSCI services are available to users free of charge.

BIOSCI messages are distributed by two means: USENET news software and
electronic mail.

NEWS" SOFTWARE AT YOUR SITE.  The software is in the public domain,
and you will find it much more convenient than subscribing to
newsgroups by e-mail.  Please consult your systems manager (the
software may already be available on a machine at your institution) or
contact biosci-help at net.bio.net for a list of software available free
of charge on the Internet.  NOTE, however, that the installation and
maintenance of news software requires the assistance of a trained
systems operator in most cases and is not a task to be undertaken by a
computer novice.

Why is news software preferable to e-mail?  News software recovers
messages automatically after network interruptions, whereas your e-mail
address may have to be removed from the subscription list at times if
your computer/network malfunctions and undelivered mail starts
bouncing back to the BIOSCI administrative sites.  You will have to
manually retrieve lost messages from the archives if your e-mail
subscription is suspended.

News software organizes messages by topic and subtopic for easy
browsing.  In contrast if you subscribe by e-mail to more than one
discussion list, messages from multiple lists arrive into your
personal mail file in chronological order of posting only and are
mixed in with your personal messages.  You have to connect the
discussion threads yourself if you use e-mail.

In summary, e-mail participation should be seen as a LAST RESORT to be
used only if news software can not be installed locally.

Fortunately, BIOSCI offers advantages for e-mail users too.  By having
distribution sites or "nodes" on each major network, BIOSCI allows its
e-mail users to contact people around the world without having to
learn a variety of computer addressing tricks.  Any user can simply
post a message to his/her regional BIOSCI node and copies of that
message will be distributed automatically to all other subscribers on
all of the participating networks, including the Internet, USENET,

List of BIOSCI Mailing Lists and Newsgroups
BIOSCI messages are distributed on the newsgroups in the "bionet"
hierarchy of USENET and on the corresponding mailing lists indicated
below.  Contents of the USENET newsgroups and the e-mail distributions
are *identical*, i.e., messages sent in by e-mail are also forwarded
to USENET and messages posted to USENET newsgroups are also
distributed to e-mail subscribers.

An expanded description of the purpose of each newsgroup follows this

MAILING LIST NAME          USENET Newsgroup Name
-----------------          ---------------------
ACEDB-SOFT                 bionet.software.acedb
AFCR **                    bionet.prof-society.afcr
AGEING                     bionet.molbio.ageing
AGROFORESTRY               bionet.agroforestry
AMYLOID                    bionet.neuroscience.amyloid
ARABIDOPSIS                bionet.genome.arabidopsis
ASCB **                    bionet.prof-society.ascb
AUDIOLOGY                  bionet.audiology
BIOCAN                     bionet.prof-society.cfbs
BIOFORUM                   bionet.general
BIO-INFORMATION-THEORY +   bionet.info-theory
BIONAUTS                   bionet.users.addresses
BIONEWS **                 bionet.announce
BIO-JOURNALS **            bionet.journals.contents
BIO-MATRIX                 bionet.molbio.bio-matrix
BIOPHYSICAL-SOCIETY **     bionet.prof-society.biophysics
BIOPHYSICS                 bionet.biophysics
BIO-SOFTWARE               bionet.software
BIO-SRS                    bionet.software.srs
BIOTHERMOKINETICS          bionet.metabolic-reg
BIO-WWW **                 bionet.software.www
CARDIOVASCULAR-RESEARCH    bionet.biology.cardiovascular
CELEGANS                   bionet.celegans
CELL-BIOLOGY               bionet.cellbiol
CHLAMYDOMONAS              bionet.chlamydomonas
CHROMOSOMES                bionet.genome.chromosomes
COMPUTATIONAL-BIOLOGY **   bionet.biology.computational
CSM **                     bionet.prof-society.csm
CYTONET                    bionet.cellbiol.cytonet
DIAGNOSTICS                bionet.diagnostics
DROSOPHILA                 bionet.drosophila
EMBL-DATABANK              bionet.molbio.embldatabank
EMF-BIO                    bionet.emf-bio
EMPLOYMENT                 bionet.jobs
EMPLOYMENT-WANTED          bionet.jobs.wanted
FASEB **                   bionet.prof-society.faseb
FLUORESCENT-PROTEINS       bionet.molbio.proteins.fluorescent
G-PROTEIN-COUPLED-RECEPTOR bionet.molbio.proteins.7tms_r
GDB                        bionet.molbio.gdb
GENBANK-BB                 bionet.molbio.genbank
GENETIC-LINKAGE            bionet.molbio.gene-linkage
GLYCOSCI                   bionet.glycosci
GRASSES-SCIENCE            bionet.biology.grasses
HIV-MOLECULAR-BIOLOGY      bionet.molbio.hiv
HUMAN-GENOME-PROGRAM       bionet.molbio.genome-program
IMMUNOLOGY                 bionet.immunology
INFO-GCG                   bionet.software.gcg
INSULIN-ACTION **          bionet.cellbiol.insulin
JOURNAL-NOTES              bionet.journals.note
METHODS-AND-REAGENTS       bionet.molbio.methds-reagnts
MICROBIOLOGY               bionet.microbiology
MOLECULAR-EVOLUTION        bionet.molbio.evolution
MOLECULAR-MODELLING        bionet.molec-model
MOLLUSC-MOLECULAR-NEWS     bionet.molbio.molluscs
MYCOLOGY                   bionet.mycology
NEUROSCIENCE               bionet.neuroscience
N2-FIXATION                bionet.biology.n2-fixation
PARASITOLOGY               bionet.parasitology
PHOTOSYNTHESIS             bionet.photosynthesis
PLANT-BIOLOGY              bionet.plants
POPULATION-BIOLOGY         bionet.population-bio
PRENATAL-DIAGNOSTICS       bionet.diagnostics.prenatal
PROTEIN-ANALYSIS           bionet.molbio.proteins
PROTEIN-CRYSTALLOGRAPHY    bionet.xtallography
PROTISTA                   bionet.protista
RAPD                       bionet.molbio.rapd
SCHISTOSOMA                bionet.organisms.schistosoma
SCIENCE-RESOURCES **       bionet.sci-resources
STADEN                     bionet.software.staden
STRUCTURAL-NMR             bionet.structural-nmr
SYMBIOSIS-RESEARCH         bionet.biology.symbiosis
TIBS **                    bionet.journals.letters.tibs
TOXICOLOGY                 bionet.toxicology
TROPICAL-BIOLOGY           bionet.biology.tropical
URODELES                   bionet.organisms.urodeles
VIROLOGY                   bionet.virology
WOMEN-IN-BIOLOGY           bionet.women-in-bio
X-PLOR                     bionet.software.x-plor
YEAST                      bionet.molbio.yeast
ZBRAFISH                   bionet.organisms.zebrafish


** Note that newsgroups flagged with ** are moderated, i.e., postings
are directed to a moderator (editor) who later forwards messages
(possibly edited or condensed) to the newsgroup.

List of BIOSCI Newsgroup Topics

-----------------            -----
ACEDB-SOFT                   Discussions by users and developers of genome
                                databases using the ACEDB software.
AFCR **                      American Federation for Clinical Research
AGEING                       Discussions about ageing research
AGROFORESTRY                 Discussions about agroforestry research
AMYLOID                      Forum for researchers on Alzheimer's
                                disease and related disorders
                                including prion diseases 
ARABIDOPSIS                  Newsgroup for the Arabidopsis Genome Project
ASCB **                      Announcements from The American Society
                                for Cell Biology
AUDIOLOGY                    Topics in audiology and hearing science
BIOFORUM                     Discussions about biological topics for
                                which there is not yet a dedicated newsgroup
BIOCAN                       Newsgroup for the Canadian Federation of
                                Biological Societies (CFBS)
  THEORY-AND-CHOWDER-SOCIETY Applications of information theory to
                                biology; this group is not for general
                                information or for discussion of
                                theories in general.
BIONAUTS                     Question/answer forum for help using
                                electronic networks, locating e-mail
                                addresses, etc.
BIONEWS **                   General announcements of widespread
                                interest to biologists
BIO-JOURNALS **              Tables of Contents of biological journals
BIO-MATRIX                   Applications of computers to biological databases
BIOPHYSICAL-SOCIETY **       Official announcements/information from the
                                Biophysical Society.
BIOPHYSICS                   Discussion of issues related to the
                                science and profession of biophysics
BIO-SOFTWARE                 Information on software for the biological
BIO-SRS                      Discussions about the Sequence Retrieval
                                System (SRS) software
BIOTHERMOKINETICS            Discussions about the kinetics, thermodynamics
                                and control of biological processes at
                                the cellular level
BIO-WWW **                   Announcements about new information
                                resources in biology which can be
                                accessed via electronic networked 
                                information retrieval software
CARDIOVASCULAR-RESEARCH      Research discussions in cardiovascular biology
CELEGANS                     Research discussions on the model organism 
                                Caenorhabditis elegans and related nematodes 
CELL-BIOLOGY                 Discussions about cell biology including
                                cancer research at the cellular level
CHLAMYDOMONAS                Discussions about the biology of the green alga
                                Chlamydomonas and related genera
CHROMOSOMES                  Discussions about mapping and sequencing
                                of eucaryote chromosomes
COMPUTATIONAL-BIOLOGY **     Mathematical and computer applications in biology
CSM **                       Announcements from the Canadian Society
                                of Microbiologists.
CYTONET                      Discussions about research on the
                                cytoskeleton, plasma membrane, and
                                cell wall
DIAGNOSTICS                  Discussions of problems and techniques in
                                all fields of diagnostics
DROSOPHILA                   Discussions about biological research on
EMBL-DATABANK                Messages to and from the EMBL database staff
EMF-BIO                      Discussions about research on
                                electromagnetic field interactions
                                with biological systems
EMPLOYMENT                   Job opportunities in biology (see BIOSCI
                               FAQ *before* posting commercial job openings)
EMPLOYMENT-WANTED            Forum for posting resumes/CVs by
                             individuals seeking employment in the
                             biological sciences or in support of the
                             biological sciences
FASEB **                     Announcements from the Federation of American
                               Societies for Experimental Biology
FLUORESCENT-PROTEINS         Research on fluorescent proteins and
G-PROTEIN-COUPLED-RECEPTOR   Discussions about signal transducing
                               receptors which interact with G-proteins
GDB                          Messages to and from the Genome Data Bank staff
GENBANK-BB                   Messages to and from the GenBank database staff
GENETIC-LINKAGE              Newsgroup for genetic linkage analysis
GLYCOSCI                     Discussions about carbohydrate and
                               glycoconjugate molecules.
GRASSES-SCIENCE              Discussions regarding grasses, especially
                               cereal, forage, and turf species
HIV-MOLECULAR-BIOLOGY        Discussions about the molecular biology of HIV
HUMAN-GENOME-PROGRAM         NIH-sponsored newsgroup on human genome issues
IMMUNOLOGY                   Discussions about research in immunology
INFO-GCG                     Discussions about the GCG sequence
                               analysis software
INSULIN-ACTION **            Discussions about the biology and
                               chemistry of insulin and related
JOURNAL-NOTES                Practical advice on dealing with professional
METHODS-AND-REAGENTS         Requests for information and lab reagents
MICROBIOLOGY                 Discussions about research in microbiology
MOLECULAR-EVOLUTION          Discussions about research in molecular evolution
MOLECULAR-MODELLING          Discussions about molecular modelling
MOLLUSC-MOLECULAR-NEWS       Discussions about research on mollusc DNA
MYCOLOGY                     Discussions about research on filamentous fungi
NEUROSCIENCE                 Discussions about research in the neurosciences
N2-FIXATION                  Discussion about biological nitrogen fixation
PARASITOLOGY                 Discussions about research in parasitology
PHOTOSYNTHESIS               Discussions about photosynthesis research
PLANT-BIOLOGY                Discussions about research in plant biology
POPULATION-BIOLOGY           Discussions about research in population biology
PRENATAL-DIAGNOSTICS         Discussions about research in prenatal
PROTEIN-ANALYSIS             Discussions about research on proteins and
                                messages for the PIR and SWISS-PROT databank
PROTEIN-CRYSTALLOGRAPHY      Discussion about crystallography of macromolecules
                                and messages for the PDB staff
PROTISTA                     Discussions about research on ciliates
                                and other protists
RAPD                         Discussions about Randomly Amplified Polymorphic
SCHISTOSOMA                  Discussions about Schistosoma research
SCIENCE-RESOURCES **         Information from/about scientific funding
STADEN                       Discussions between scientists using the
                                Staden molecular sequence analysis software 
STRUCTURAL-NMR               Discussions about the use of NMR for
                                macromolecular structure determination
SYMBIOSIS-RESEARCH           Discussions about symbiosis research
TIBS **                      "Letters to the Editor" of "Trends in
                                Biochemical Sciences"
TOXICOLOGY                   Discussions about research in toxicology
TROPICAL-BIOLOGY             Discussions about research in tropical biology
URODELES                     Discussions about research in urodele
                                amphibian biology
VIROLOGY                     Discussions about research in virology
WOMEN-IN-BIOLOGY             Discussions about issues concerning women
X-PLOR                       Discussions about the X-PLOR software for
                                3D macromolecular structure determination
YEAST                        Discussions about the molecular biology
                                and genetics of yeast
ZBRAFISH                     Discussions about research using the model
                                organism Zebrafish (Danio rerio)

** Note that newsgroups flagged with ** are moderated, i.e., postings
are directed to a moderator (editor) who later forwards messages
(possibly edited or condensed) to the newsgroup.

BIOSCI Newsgroup Discussion Leaders

Most scientific specialty newsgroups (except for a few created several
years ago) have individuals who are responsible for stimulating
discussion on the newsgroup.  General purpose forums such as
METHODS-AND-REAGENTS do not have discussion leaders.  If a group that
you are interested in does not seem to have much activity recently,
please contact the discussion leader and ask why.

NEWSGROUP NAME               Discussion Leader and their e-mail address
--------------               ------------------------------------------
ACEDB-SOFT                   Mike Cherry (cherry at genome.stanford.edu)
AFCR **                      Jon T. Schafer (pp001101 at interramp.com)
AGEING                       Sydney Shall (bafa1 at central.sussex.ac.uk)
AGROFORESTRY                 Gerry Lawson (F_GJL at vaxa.nerc-bush.ac.uk)
AMYLOID                      David Small (david_small at muwayf.unimelb.edu.au)
ARABIDOPSIS                  Chris Somerville (21847CRS at msu.edu)
ASCB **                      Vincent Shan (moderator at faseb.org)
AUDIOLOGY                    Jeff Sirianni (sirianni at uts.cc.utexas.edu) and
                             Susan Moreland (smorelan at magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu)
BIOCAN                       Leon Browder (browder at acs.ucalgary.ca)
BIOFORUM                     None
  THEORY-AND-CHOWDER-SOCIETY Tom Schneider (toms at ncifcrf.gov)
BIONAUTS                     Rob Harper (harper at convex.csc.fi)
BIONEWS **                   David Kristofferson (biosci-help at net.bio.net)
BIO-JOURNALS **              David Kristofferson (biosci-help at net.bio.net)
BIO-MATRIX                   Dan Davison (davison at uh.edu)
BIOPHYSICAL-SOCIETY **       David Kristofferson (biosci-help at net.bio.net)
BIOPHYSICS                   Carol Gross (cgross at molbio.cbs.umn.edu)
BIO-SOFTWARE                 None
BIO-SRS                      Thure Etzold (etzold at embl-heidelberg.de) and
                             Reinhard Doelz (doelz at comp.bioz.unibas.ch)
BIOTHERMOKINETICS            John Woods (eanv20 at castle.edinburgh.ac.uk)
BIO-WWW **                   Reinhard Doelz (bio-www at comp.bioz.unibas.ch)
CARDIOVASCULAR-RESEARCH      Zhandong Zhou (zhandong at macc.wisc.edu)
CELEGANS                     William Morgan (wmorgan at acs.wooster.edu)
CELL-BIOLOGY                 Ola Myklebost (ola.myklebost at dnr.uio.no)
CHLAMYDOMONAS                Elizabeth H. Harris (chlamy at acpub.duke.edu) and
                             Antonio R. Franco (bf1rodri at cc.uco.es)
CHROMOSOMES                  Bruce Roe (broe at aardvark.ucs.uoknor.edu) and
                             Greg Lennon (greg at mendel.llnl.gov)
COMPUTATIONAL-BIOLOGY **     Phil J. Curtiss (curtiss at umiacs.umd.edu)
CSM **                       Max Firtel and John Nash (csm at nrcbsa.bio.nrc.ca)
CYTONET                      Nicholas C. Carpita (carpita at btny.purdue.edu)
DIAGNOSTICS                  Kevin O'Donnell (odonnell at sasa.gov.uk) and
                             Robert Burns (burns at sasa.gov.uk)
DROSOPHILA                   Michael Ashburner (m.ashburner at gen.cam.ac.uk)
EMBL-DATABANK                None (datalib at embl-heidelberg.de)
EMF-BIO                      Allan H. Frey (afrey at uunet.uu.net)
EMPLOYMENT                   None
FASEB **                     Vincent Shan (moderator at faseb.org)
FLUORESCENT-PROTEINS         Paul Kitts (paulki at clontech.com)
                             Steve Kain (stevek at clontech.com)
                             (lfk at receptor.mgh.harvard.edu)
GDB                          Kerryn Brandt (kab at welchgate.welch.jhu.edu)
GENBANK-BB                   Dennis Benson (benson at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
GENETIC-LINKAGE              Steve Bryant (s_bryant at icrf.ac.uk)
GLYCOSCI                     Iain Wilson (iwilson at molbiol.ox.ac.uk) and 
                             Barry Hardy (bhardy at convex.ox.ac.uk)
GRASSES-SCIENCE              Allen Wright (adwright at iastate.edu)
HIV-MOLECULAR-BIOLOGY        Mika Salminen (msalminen at nphi.fi)
HUMAN-GENOME-PROGRAM         Jane Peterson (jp2 at cu.nih.gov)
IMMUNOLOGY                   Donald Forsdyke (forsdyke at qucdn.queensu.ca)
INFO-GCG                     John Cargill (ontogen at nic.cerf.net)
INSULIN-ACTION **            T. S. Pillay (tpillay at ucsd.edu)
JOURNAL-NOTES                Donald Forsdyke (forsdyke at qucdn.queensu.ca)
MICROBIOLOGY                 Martin Latterich (mdhouse at mendel.berkeley.edu)
MOLECULAR-EVOLUTION          Dan Davison (davison at uh.edu)
MOLECULAR-MODELLING          Philippe Stas (philstas at vub.ac.be)
MOLLUSC-MOLECULAR-NEWS       Elizabeth Grace Boulding (boulding at uoguelph.ca)
MYCOLOGY                     Tom Adams (tom at bio.tamu.edu)
                             Leland Ellis (leland at straylight.tamu.edu)
                             Greg May (gsmay at bcm.tmc.edu)
NEUROSCIENCE                 Vincent A Mazzarella (vamg6792 at uxa.cso.uiuc.edu)
                             James L. Olds (olds at bernard.ninds.nih.gov)
N2-FIXATION                  Eng-Leong Foo
                             (eng-leong_foo_mircen-ki%micforum at mica.mic.ki.se) 
PARASITOLOGY                 Daniel R. Brooks, Sherwin S. Desser and
                             Henry Hong (parasite at zoo.toronto.edu)
PHOTOSYNTHESIS               Johnathan Marder (marder at agri.huji.ac.il)
PLANT-BIOLOGY                Tony Travis (ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk)
PRENATAL-DIAGNOSTICS         Aneal Chandra (chandra at cardiff.ac.uk) and
                             David Miller (davidm at pathology.leeds.ac.uk) and
                             Tim Reynolds (timreyno at burton.demon.co.uk)
PROTEIN-ANALYSIS             Amos Bairoch (bairoch at cmu.unige.ch) and
                             John Garavelli (garavelli at nbrf.georgetown.edu)
PROTEIN-CRYSTALLOGRAPHY      Morten Kjeldgaard (morten at oase.kemi.aau.dk)
PROTISTA                     Marsha Altschule
                             (marsha.i.altschuler at williams.edu) and
                             Mark Farmer (farmer at emlab.zoo.uga.edu)
RAPD                         James Farmer (farmerj at yvax.byu.edu)
SCHISTOSOMA                  Werner Kunz (Werner.Kunz at uni-duesseldorf.de) and
                             Christoph Grevelding
                             (Christoph.Grevelding at uni-duesseldorf.de) and
                             Lutz Gohr (Lutz.Gohr at uni-duesseldorf.de)
SCIENCE-RESOURCES **         David Kristofferson (biosci-help at net.bio.net)
STADEN                       Tim Littlejohn (tim at bch.umontreal.ca)
STRUCTURAL-NMR               C. S. Raman (raman at bioc01.uthscsa.edu)
SYMBIOSIS-RESEARCH           James F. White, Jr. (epichloe at tango.aum.edu)
TIBS **                      Jo McEntyre (TIBS at elsevier.co.uk) and
                             David Kristofferson (biosci-help at net.bio.net)
TOXICOLOGY                   Charles A. Miller (rellim at mailhost.tcs.tulane.edu)
TROPICAL-BIOLOGY             Matti Nummelin (mnummelin at cc.helsinki.fi)
URODELES                     Susan Duhon (duhon at ucs.indiana.edu) and
                             Anthony Mescher (mescher at ucs.indiana.edu)
VIROLOGY                     Robert Coelen (robert at arbo.microbiol.uwa.oz.au)
WOMEN-IN-BIOLOGY             Cassandra Smith (cls at buenga.bu.edu)
X-PLOR                       Axel T. Brunger (brunger at laplace.csb.yale.edu)
YEAST                        Francis Ouellette (francis at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
ZBRAFISH                     Richard Vogt (vogt at biol.scarolina.edu) and 
                             Una Smith (smith-una at yale.edu)

** Note that newsgroups flagged with ** are moderated.

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which jqpublic

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mentioned at the beginning of this document, for more details on how
BIOSCI handles addresses which reject mail.

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for subscription or cancellation requests as explained above.  Your
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person spends a couple of seconds to figure out that you did this,
before they go on to the next message.  You will have wasted the
equivalent of several hours of one person's time, not to mention
wasted computer time and disk storage.

MAILING LIST NAME           Mailing Address 
-----------------           ----------------      
ACEDB-SOFT                  acedb at net.bio.net
AFCR **                     afcr at net.bio.net
AGEING                      ageing at net.bio.net
AGROFORESTRY                ag-forst at net.bio.net
AMYLOID                     amyloid at net.bio.net
ARABIDOPSIS                 arab-gen at net.bio.net
ASCB **                     ascb at net.bio.net
AUDIOLOGY                   audiolog at net.bio.net
BIOCAN                      biocan at net.bio.net
BIOFORUM                    bioforum at net.bio.net
BIO-INFORMATION-THEORY +    bio-info at net.bio.net
BIONAUTS                    bio-naut at net.bio.net
BIONEWS **                  bionews at net.bio.net 
BIO-JOURNALS **             bio-jrnl at net.bio.net
BIO-MATRIX                  biomatrx at net.bio.net
BIOPHYSICAL-SOCIETY **      bphyssoc at net.bio.net
BIOPHYSICS                  biophys at net.bio.net
BIO-SOFTWARE                bio-soft at net.bio.net
BIO-SRS                     bio-srs at net.bio.net
BIOTHERMOKINETICS           btk-mca at net.bio.net
BIO-WWW **                  bio-www at net.bio.net
CARDIOVASCULAR-RESEARCH     cardiors at net.bio.net
CELEGANS                    celegans at net.bio.net
CELL-BIOLOGY                cellbiol at net.bio.net
CHLAMYDOMONAS               chlamy at net.bio.net
CHROMOSOMES                 biochrom at net.bio.net
COMPUTATIONAL-BIOLOGY **    comp-bio at net.bio.net
CSM **                      csm at net.bio.net
CYTONET                     cytonet at net.bio.net
DIAGNOSTICS                 diagnost at net.bio.net
DROSOPHILA                  dros at net.bio.net
EMBL-DATABANK               embl-db at net.bio.net 
EMF-BIO                     emf-bio at net.bio.net
EMPLOYMENT                  biojobs at net.bio.net 
EMPLOYMENT-WANTED           wantjob at net.bio.net
FASEB                       faseb at net.bio.net
FLUORESCENT-PROTEINS        fluorpro at net.bio.net
G-PROTEIN-COUPLED-RECEPTOR  7tms_r at net.bio.net
GDB                         gdb at net.bio.net
GENBANK-BB                  genbankb at net.bio.net
GENETIC-LINKAGE             gen-link at net.bio.net
GLYCOSCI                    glycosci at net.bio.net
GRASSES-SCIENCE             grasses at net.bio.net
HIV-MOLECULAR-BIOLOGY       hiv-biol at net.bio.net
HUMAN-GENOME-PROGRAM        gnome-pr at net.bio.net
IMMUNOLOGY                  immuno at net.bio.net
INFO-GCG                    info-gcg at net.bio.net
INSULIN-ACTION **           insulin at net.bio.net
JOURNAL-NOTES               jrnlnote at net.bio.net
METHODS-AND-REAGENTS        methods at net.bio.net 
MICROBIOLOGY                microbio at net.bio.net
MOLECULAR-EVOLUTION         mol-evol at net.bio.net
MOLECULAR-MODELLING         molmodel at net.bio.net
MOLLUSC-MOLECULAR-NEWS      molluscs at net.bio.net
MYCOLOGY                    mycology at net.bio.net
NEUROSCIENCE                neur-sci at net.bio.net
N2-FIXATION                 n2fix at net.bio.net
PARASITOLOGY                parasite at net.bio.net
PHOTOSYNTHESIS              photosyn at net.bio.net
PLANT-BIOLOGY               plantbio at net.bio.net
POPULATION-BIOLOGY          pop-bio at net.bio.net 
PRENATAL-DIAGNOSTICS        prenatal at net.bio.net
PROTEIN-ANALYSIS            proteins at net.bio.net
PROTEIN-CRYSTALLOGRAPHY     xtal-log at net.bio.net
PROTISTA                    protista at net.bio.net
RAPD                        rapd at net.bio.net
SCHISTOSOMA                 schisto at net.bio.net
SCIENCE-RESOURCES **        sci-res at net.bio.net
STADEN                      staden at net.bio.net
STRUCTURAL-NMR              str-nmr at net.bio.net
SYMBIOSIS-RESEARCH          symbios at net.bio.net
TIBS **                     tibs at net.bio.net
TOXICOLOGY                  toxicol at net.bio.net
TROPICAL-BIOLOGY            trop-bio at net.bio.net
URODELES                    urodeles at net.bio.net
VIROLOGY                    virology at net.bio.net
WOMEN-IN-BIOLOGY            womenbio at net.bio.net
X-PLOR                      x-plor at net.bio.net
YEAST                       yeast at net.bio.net
ZBRAFISH                    zbrafish at net.bio.net


** Note that newsgroups flagged with ** are moderated, i.e., postings
are directed to a moderator (editor) who later forwards messages
(possibly edited or condensed) to the newsgroup.

Retrieval of old postings from the BIOSCI archives
Users with Internet access can use either the WAIS or gopher software
to search the BIOSCI archives located at net.bio.net as described in
the BIOSCI FAQ.  E-mail users can retrieve messages from our waismail
e-mail server.  For waismail instructions, send the word


in a message to waismail at net.bio.net.  Please leave the Subject: line
of your message blank.

BIOSCI "prototype" newsgroups
To assist areas of research in developing their own electronic
communication forums, BIOSCI at net.bio.net will set up, on request, a
mailing list *without* an associated USENET newsgroup.  The mailing
list is created only at net.bio.net, the U.S. BIOSCI node, and all
subscription requests must be sent to the e-mail server at
biosci-server at net.bio.net regardless of one's geographical location.
There is no charge for this or any other BIOSCI service, as usual.

This procedure waives the rule that requires each new newsgroup
proposal to be put to a vote of the readership first (see the BIOSCI
FAQ, mentioned at the beginning of this document, for details on
creating new full-fledged newsgroups and prototype newsgroups).  Each
mailing list ("prototype newsgroup") must have a scientist volunteer
to serve as its discussion leader and an initial list of e-mail
subscribers.  The prototype newsgroup has six months to build up its
readership after which time it is put out for a vote for full
newsgroup status (i.e., to have both a mailing list *and* parallel
USENET newsgroup created at both BIOSCI nodes in the U.S. and U.K.).
If you are interested in establishing such a forum for your research
specialty, please contact biosci-help at net.bio.net.

The current prototype newsgroups are listed below.  Please send
subscription requests to biosci-server at net.bio.net and NOT to the
newsgroup posting addresses.  Prototype newsgroups may *not* be fully
archived, so please be sure to save any messages that you may want to
refer to again.

Posting Address         Purpose
---------------         -------
bigblue at net.bio.net     Discussions between researchers who use
                          transgenic animal systems for mutation assays.
phbiotec at net.bio.net    Discussions about research in pharmaceutical
plant-ed at net.bio.net    Discussions among instructors, lab
                          preparators, and graduate assistants who
                          teach courses in any aspect of plant biology
                          at both the undergraduate and graduate level. 
radoncjc at net.bio.net    Radiation Oncology journal club (moderated list)
rna at net.bio.net         Discussions about RNA editing, RNA splicing,
                          and ribozyme activities of RNA.
rust-mil at net.bio.net    Research about the biotrophic foliar fungal
                          diseases of cereals, including rusts,
                          powdery mildews and downy mildews.
yac at net.bio.net         Discussions about yeast artificial chromosomes.

Retrieving Other BIOSCI Documentation
BIOSCI documents are kept in the anonymous FTP area on net.bio.net
[] in the directory pub/BIOSCI/doc and can be retrieved
either via FTP or by gopher to net.bio.net or on the WWW to URL
http://www.bio.net/.  Documents can also be retrieved by addressing
e-mail to the Internet address biosci-server at net.bio.net and including
any of the commands below in the body of your mail message.  Text
placed on the Subject: line of your message is ignored, so please be
sure that the commands are in the body of the mail message.  Although
multiple commands may be placed in one message, we recommend instead
that one message be sent per command to avoid having to extract
multiple documents from a single message.  The server sends back all
information requested from a multiple command query in a single
response message.

Document to Retrieve            Command to send to biosci-server at net.bio.net
--------------------            --------------------------------------------
BIOSCI FAQ                      info faq
(Frequently Asked ?'s
 about using BIOSCI)

BIOSCI info sheet for the
Americas & Pacific Rim          info usinfo

BIOSCI info sheet for
Europe, Africa, & 
Central Asia                    info ukinfo

Information on Network
Connections                     info internet

How to set up USENET News
at your site                    info usenet1

USENET Netiquette and other
edifying reading                info usenet2

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