Advancing Research in Glycoscience – New Report
TRANSFORMING GLYCOSCIENCE: A ROADMAP FOR THE FUTURE, a new report from the National Research Council, presents research goals needed to advance the field of glycoscience -- which explores the structures and functions of complex carbohydrates called glycans that are one of the four fundamental molecules of living systems along with nucleic acids, lipids, and proteins.
Glycans play central roles in many biological processes and have useful properties that could be applied in various areas including medicine, renewable materials, and biofuels. Despite their potential, glycans remain less studied than other biological molecules, such as DNA and proteins. The report offers a strategy for transforming glycoscience from a field dominated by specialists to a widely studied and integrated discipline.
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