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Subject: DIAG: re need to report citations/HIV appropriateness for HMG
From: Carlo Gambacorti <GAMBACORTI@icil64.cilea.it>
Date: Thu, 1 Jun 1995 14:07:41 MET-DST

           HUM-MOLGEN  DIAGnostics/Clinical Research

This DIAG message contains 2 submessage(s):

1)   Wm. Kimberling Ph.D./ Need of reporting citations in e-mail replies

2)   Chris Friedrich, M.D., Ph.D./ HIV issue inappropriate for HMG

+ replies from the editor

  Carlo Gambacorti MD, Editor,
  Human Molecular Genetics network
  Diagnostics/Clinical Research Section


This communication is just to let you know that I appreciated your moderating
and appropriate comments regarding HIV transmission and mosquitoes.  Hopefully,
more respondents to you bulletin board will realize the necessity of adequately
citing research that support their conclusions.  The first two responses
(Friedrich and Covitz) were not really convincing..they left certain questions
open.  Your addendum filled in the missing pieces.
If electronic bulletin boards and e-mail are to become new, and worthwhile,
mediums of scientific communication, then some of the tried and true 'rules' of
scientific communication in journals (e.g. citations) should continue to be

Date: Wed, 31 May 1995 15:50:25 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Wm. Kimberling Ph.D." <76636.3556@compuserve.com>

EDITOR NOTE: I AGREE AT 100%. This was the reason that prompted my note.


On Wed, 31 May 1995, Carlo Gambacorti wrote:

>          This editor thinks that any good faith question on HMG should
> not be just discarded as "trivial", and should receive a scientific reply.

        Not true.  Since this list is "Human Molecular Genetics", and
this question did not involve any human genes, we should not have had our
bandwidth wasted.  He should have been directed to an infectious disease
list (if one exists).  While the mosquito genome and the HIV genome are
undoubtedly important and of interest to some investigators, this is not
the appropriate forum for those topics.  Sorry to be so irritated by
this, but I've already logged off another clinical list when it became
overrun by laymen pushing quackery.  Let's keep this list limited to
clinical and scientific topics related to human molecular genetics.

Chris Friedrich, M.D., Ph.D.                    Voice   (410) 614-2521
Lipid Research-Atherosclerosis Unit             Fax     (410) 955-1276
Dept. of Pediatrics, CMSC 6-104         Voice mail      (410) 614-1030
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
600 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287


EDITOR NOTE: Thank you for your interesting suggestion. I will take note of it.
     Although the HIV issue is not the central focus of HMG, I did not consider
wise to drop such a question as inappropriate for the following reasons:
1. HMG DIAG is at present far from being deluged with borderline messages;
2. I am not aware of a proper forum (perhaps somebody has a better address
to communicate) for this question, which can be of interest for a number of HMG
DIAG subscribers, since HIV has a profound impact on many human genes;
3. the decision to post questions like this one, that could pertain to different
forums has to reside inside editor responsibilities; in fact you did not raise
this argument in your first reply.
     In any case, your comment, as any suggestion from HMG subscribers, is
useful to increase the quality of HMG, and I thank you for this.

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