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New references from Medline to your e-mail account
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To use BioMail without installing it from a downloaded version: go to the primary BioMail service site, make an account, and submit Medline searches.

Download area
The latest 0.71 version (Unix)

It doesn't have much sense to make screenshots of something, which actually is a web-page, but anyway... Screenshots

Bells and whistles
BioMail development site at sourceforge
Plans for future (To do list)
The work in progress (CVS)
Changelog and README

Some information about Free software movement
What is Free software? by Richard Stallman
Philosophy of GNU project (RMS)
Open Sources (online edition) published by O'Reilly
About Linux's penguin Tux


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 Sun Solaris7, Irix 6.5 (on SGI), Tru64 Unix 4.OE (on Digital alpha), and should be fine for other Unix OSes. Alfonso Ali Herrera ported BioMail to MS Windows NT/2000. Starting from version 0.62 his changes will be part of the BioMail distribution.

BioMail requires a standard Perl distribution and two additional Perl modules from CPAN -- LWP::Simple and Mail::Mailer.


Code and web-design by Dmitry Mozzherin (

Code -- Alfonso Ali Herrera (

Editor -- Holly Miller (

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Many thanks to all of you who offered comments, very valuable recommendations and criticisms, wrote very nice supportive letters and helped when we were in need.

Copyright © 2000 Dmitry Mozzherin ( BioMail is released under General Public License (GPL)
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