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Auto Glyco Sequencing Forum: Announcing the Mission Statement

Christian Frosch frosc000 at marie.zdv.Uni-Mainz.DE
Sun Mar 15 10:50:39 EST 1998

Dear  Glycoscientists,

the mission statement for the Auto Glyco Sequencing
Forum has been finalised and can be found below.
The Co-ordinator of the forum is: Tony Merry

More information about the forum and the forum itself
can be found at

The forum is a joint effort of 
The Glycoscience Network (http://www.vei.co.uk/TGN)
and the 
Virtual Institute of Wet Biology


Christian Frosch

(Assistant TGN Co-ordinator)

Mission Statement for Auto Glyco Sequencing Forum

The forum would encourage and promote R&D towards freely available
automatic glycomolecule sequencing (primary structure determination).
Activities will cover all types of glycomolecules including
glycoproteins, glycolipids, glycosaminoglycans and polysaccharides

The forum would review and promote all activity that may lead to:

1. Improving glycosequencing as done today
2. Combining current methods for advancing sequencing
3. Collecting and disseminating information on sequencing
4. Exchange of information between academic and industrial groups.
5. Technical and technological advancement that would achieve any of the
goals on the "glycosequencer wish list" (to be constructed by the
6. Educating the public and enhancement of its awareness to the
importance of publicly available automatic glycosequencing.
7. Stimulating R&D and investment in the field of automatic
8. Reviews and writing on current glycosequencing
9. Organising seminars and conferences on glycosequencing
10. Improved isolation and purification of glycomolecules for

The forum would act in four major avenues:

1. The forum would lead an active mailing list on the issue of automatic
2. The forum would meet regularly (via internet) to discuss the issue
and/or for lectures on the issue. Interested parties would be invited to
attend meetings of the forum
3. The forum would actively promote the activity by pointing to the
missing tools, informing industry on the issues and promoting discussion
of ways to address these issues
4. The forum would review the current state of automatic glycosequencing
and actively promote publications and meetings relating to the issue.

Within these activities the forum would :

1. Formulate and order by immediate importance the "glycosequencer wish
list" and distribute it to scientists in academic institutions, industry
and government 
2. Serve as a fertile ground for forming collaborations in the area of
automatic glyco sequencing.
3. Publish regular summaries of its activity.
4. Serve as a peer pressure group for increasing governmental and
privately owned R&D spending on glycosequencing.
5. Regularly review medical advancement achieved primarily due to
glycomolecule sequence knowledge.
6. Review advancement in 3D structure determination of glycomolecules
and structural based drug design.
7. Promote the advance of glycosequencing by providing a means of
exchange of information and ideas between users and developers of new

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