GCATSynbio Listserv (GCATSynbio-L)

highly focused content and not too many emails to become annoying

You can subscribe to GCAT's Synthetic Biology e-mail discussion list (know as GCATSynBio-L). The purpose of GCATSynBio-L is to connect faculty members who are using or want to use genomic methods in their undergraduate courses. When you subscribe to GCAT-L, you will receive a copy of all email messages sent to GCATSynBio-L by anyone. GCATSynBio-L receives messages and redistributes them to everyone who has subscribed.

How does GCATSynBio-L work?

Messages intended for all subscribers to read and discuss should be sent to GCATSynBio-L@listserv.davidson.edu. Anyone who has subscribed to GCATSynBio-L can post an email to all readers.

How do I subscribe to GCATSynBio-L?

To participate in GCAT-L, you must subscribe to it; you have to subscribe yourself. To subscribe yourself, send an email to:


Do not have any subject - leave it blank.


The body of the email message should not have any signatures and should look like this:

 SUBSCRIBE gcatsynbio-L (your name here)

(your name here) would be what you want this listserv program to call you, e.g. Malcolm Campbell. The listserv software automatically picks up the email address the person is sending from and uses that.

When you successfully subscribe yourself to GCATSynBio-L, you will receive an email asking you to verify your subscription. This step has been added to prevent someone from signing you up without your permision. The verifying email will look like this:


Your command:


has been received. You must now reply to this message (as explained below) to complete your subscription. The purpose of this confirmation procedure is to make sure that you have indeed requested to be added to the list.

To confirm the execution of your command, simply point your browser to the following URL:


Alternatively, if you have no WWW access, you can reply to the present message and type "ok" (without the quotes) as the text of your message. Just the word "ok" - do not retype the command. This procedure will work with any mail program that fully conforms to the Internet standards for electronic mail.

If you receive an error message, try sending a new message to LISTSERV@listserv.DAVIDSON.EDU (without using the "reply" function - this is very important) and type "ok 500336DA" as the text of your message.

Finally, your command will be cancelled automatically if LISTSERV does not receive your confirmation within 48 hours. After that time, you must start over and resend the command to get a new confirmation code. If you change your mind and decide that you do NOT want to confirm the command, simply discard the present message and let the request expire on its own.


You should save this welcome message because it has important information about unsubscribing from the list and your list owner may include text at the end of the file that you will need to read.

How do I send mail to GCATSynBio-L?

If you want to send mail to GCAT-L, you will type in the listís name at the To: prompt. For example, to send a message to the list GCAT-L, GCATSynBio-L@listserv.davidson.edu

How do I see a list of members for GCATSynBio-L?

If you want to see who else has subscribed to your list, send the following command in an email message (no subject line and no signature) to GCATSynBio-L@listserv.davidson.edu:

review GCATSynBio-L 

How do I unsubscribe from GCATSynBio-L?

If you want to unsubscribe from GCATSynBio-L, send "signoff gcatsynbio-L" to GCATSynBio-L@listserv.davidson.edu as follows:

Summary of ListServ Commands

Good luck using GCATSynBio-L. If you have questions or problems, contact A. Malcolm Campbell macampbell@davidson.edu


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