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MICROBIOLOGY/bionet.microbiology passes: 359 YES to 2 NO !!

David Kristofferson kristoff at net.bio.net
Thu Jun 23 16:40:46 EST 1994

I am extremely pleased to announce that MICROBIOLOGY/bionet.microbiology
passed by an overwhelming margin, 359 YES votes to only 2 NO votes.

It does not appear that the points raised during the discussion in
opposition to the proposal influenced very many votes.  This, of
course, raises the question of whether or not very many people who
voted even bothered to read the pre-vote discussions on bionet.general
8-), but the net hounds among us can fight over that issue on


An announcement will be made in this forum when the group is ready for
operation.  I expect that it should be operational by early next week
at the latest.


				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				biosci-help at net.bio.net

Proposal to establish MICROBIOLOGY/bionet.microbiology

Proposed USENET name: bionet.microbiology

Proposed Mailing list name: MICROBIOLOGY

Proposed e-mail addresses:  microbio at net.bio.net
                            microbio at daresbury.ac.uk

Discussion Leader:          Martin Latterich
                            HHMI, University of California at Berkeley
                            mdhouse at mendel.berkeley.edu

Newsgroup character: bionet.microbiology is a forum for scientific
discussions/questions regarding all aspects of the microbiological
sciences, including but not limited to the microorganisms biochemistry,
evolution, genetics, host-parasite relationships, molecular biology,
pathology, physiology, role in biotechnology,  role in pathogenesis,
taxonomy and the teaching of microbiology.

Formation of a newsgroup will provide:

*** A forum for discussion of old and new ideas, problems and recent
developments in the field of microbiology. 

*** A forum to discuss the role of microbiology in education.

*** A bulletin board for announcements of meetings, funding sources and job

*** A communication source for sharing mutants, strains, molecular probes,
DNA libraries, antisera, etc.

*** Opportunities for collaborative efforts between labs at different
locations and/or between industrial and academic research labs. The forum
will also provide opportunities to exchange new ideas concerning the
teaching of microbiology, curricular design, as well as the education of
the public about the benefits and/or hazards of microbes

*** 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 bacteria and viruses, pointers to other
information sources and frequently asked questions that arise.

*** A periodic posting of e-mail addresses of subscribers or interested

The newsgroup is expected to run unmoderated and I am willing to act as the
current coordinator.

Martin Latterich (mdhouse at mendel.berkeley.edu)

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