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ITP: Biomail - automated medical searcher

Package: wnpp
Version: N/A; reported 2000-08-19
Severity: important

Author is excited about getting this packaged for Debian.
Homepage is http://biomail.sourceforge.net
License is GPL
I think this will go into contrib, since it uses PubMed's database,
and it is pretty useless without access to their database.  The code itself
is free, and I think someone could easily modify this into doing many other
similar database searches.  Imagine if someone tweaked this to do searches
on common web sites, so it would email you anytime the topic you desired
was mentioned.

I'm still waiting in the new maintainer queue, but I'm sure I can get this  
uploaded via sponsorship.

   BioMail is a small web-based application for medical researchers,
   biologists, and anyone who wants to know the latest information about
   a disease or a biological phenomenon. It is written to automate
   searching for recent scientific papers in the PubMed Medline database.
   BioMail is free and will stay free.
   What does BioMail do?
   Periodically BioMail does a user-customized Medline search and sends
   all matching articles recently added to Medline to the users' e-mail
   address. HTML-formatted e-mails generated by BioMail can be used to
   view selected references in medline format (compatible with most
   reference manager programs).
   Why is BioMail helpful?
   If you use Medline, it may be hard to remember when you did your last
   search. Often you must scan titles you have already seen to be certain
   you didn't miss an important reference. BioMail will perform routine
   searches for you. This program alerts users to all new papers in their
   fields automatically. It also helps the user to 'refine' search
   patterns once and for all. There is no need to wonder: 'What was that
   great search pattern I used last Saturday?'. All patterns are safe in
   the database and can be accessed, tuned, or deleted any time.
   It is also useful for countries where access to the Internet is not
   yet widely available. If a person has a permanent e-mail address, but
   only sporadic www access, she/he only needs to fill out a BioMail form
   once and then will receive new references from Medline continually.
   It is released under GNU GPL license. This means it can be freely
   used, distributed, modified and redistributed as a new application, or
   it can even be sold for money, as long as the original or modified
   source codes remain freely available (and a little respect to the
   author is shown).
   BioMail was written in Perl for Linux. It was also checked under San
   Solaris7, Irix 6.5 (on SGI), Tru64 Unix 4.OE (on Digital alpha), and
   should be fine for other Unix OSes.
   BioMail requires a standard Perl distribution and two additional Perl
   modules from CPAN -- LWP::Simple and Mail::Mailer.
   Code by Dmitry Mozzherin (dim@pharm.sunysb.edu)

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