There are plenty of e-mail lists that distribute information among their associates. For instance, at the private level, we have at the ISTT the istt_list that is mostly used to distribute society-related information among ISTT members.
At the public level, and useful for those working in the field of mouse or animal transgenesis, there are several e-mail lists that are worth joining, to stay in touch and up-to-date within our field. I will be listing here four of them. I am sure there are other e-mail lists that could be added later on through additional comments to this original post.
The Transgenic List is probably the best known and most frequently used e-mail list on animal transgenesis, and has been and still is widely and extensively used for all those working or interested in the field. Peter Sobieszczuk, the founder of tg-list, takes very good care of it. This list is held and offered from the Department of Life Sciences at the Imperial College in London, UK. If you are working with transgenic animals are are not yet a member of it you should strongly consider joining. According to its main WEB site the tg-list: “Established in its present form in July 1996, it includes amongst its members active researchers in transgenesis from the novice to experts in the field. Major keywords cover wide spectrum of disciplines discussed: homologous recombination, targeted mutagenesis, inducible expression, ES cells, microinjection, mouse genetics, animal husbandry.”
Mouse Genome Informatics-List (mgi-list)
The mgi-list is one of the e-mail lists offered by The Jackson Laboratory, through its extraordinary and extremely useful site on Mouse Genome Informatics (MGI). The mgi-list is a forum for the discussion of topics in mouse genetics, and also is being used to distribute MGI news and updates. Often, most topics on animal transgenesis are simultaneously discussed on the tg-list and the mgi-list.
The Phenome-list is yet another useful e-mail list offered by The Jackson Laboratory through MGI. The phenome-list is a forum for strain characterization and phenotypic data collection. Recently, the phenome-list has been announced that it will be moving to another host (Google Groups), and, from now on, will be found through this WEB site.
The COMPMED-list is one of the e-mail lists held at and promoted by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) and it has a wider scope. According to its description at its main WEB site: “CompMed™ is an e-mail list for discussion of comparative medicine, laboratory animals, and topics related to biomedical research. CompMed serves professionals working in these fields by providing an interactive, easy-to-use environment to share information and discuss topics of common interest. CompMed is limited to participants who are involved in some aspect of biomedical research or veterinary medicine, including veterinarians, technicians, animal facility managers, researchers, and graduate/veterinary students.”