The expanding world of glycobiology

The expanding world of glycobiology Glycobiology includes the study of the structures, biosynthesis and evolution of carbohydrates and the molecules (such as proteins) that recognize them. The field has developed a unique identity from its parent disciplines—molecular and cellular biology—because the study of carbohydrates has lagged behind that of nucleic acids and proteins. This is due in part to the lack of tools to probe this class of biomolecules, although recent progress is beginning to correct this deficiency. Given the rapid pace of research in glycobiology, the second edition of Essentials of Glycobiology , published early this year, is more than welcome. This new edition is doubly welcome as it continues the experiment of publishing the full book simultaneously in print and online—easily accessible by a title search on the US National Institutes of Health website. This book, although written as a textbook for a graduate-level course in glycobiology, serves as a great introduction to this exciting area for the general reader with an undergraduate background in organic chemistry and biology. The book relies on a group of editors and experts for its exposition and fortunately still coheres nicely as a complete work. With a basic background in carbohydrates, or glycans, the reader http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nature Chemical Biology Springer Journals

The expanding world of glycobiology

Abstract

Glycobiology includes the study of the structures, biosynthesis and evolution of carbohydrates and the molecules (such as proteins) that recognize them. The field has developed a unique identity from its parent disciplines—molecular and cellular biology—because the study of carbohydrates has lagged behind that of nucleic acids and proteins. This is due in part to the lack of tools to probe this class of biomolecules, although recent progress is beginning to correct this...
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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2009 Nature Publishing Group
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1552-4450
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1552-4469
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10.1038/nchembio0609-373
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Abstract

Glycobiology includes the study of the structures, biosynthesis and evolution of carbohydrates and the molecules (such as proteins) that recognize them. The field has developed a unique identity from its parent disciplines—molecular and cellular biology—because the study of carbohydrates has lagged behind that of nucleic acids and proteins. This is due in part to the lack of tools to probe this class of biomolecules, although recent progress is beginning to correct this deficiency. Given the rapid pace of research in glycobiology, the second edition of Essentials of Glycobiology , published early this year, is more than welcome. This new edition is doubly welcome as it continues the experiment of publishing the full book simultaneously in print and online—easily accessible by a title search on the US National Institutes of Health website. This book, although written as a textbook for a graduate-level course in glycobiology, serves as a great introduction to this exciting area for the general reader with an undergraduate background in organic chemistry and biology. The book relies on a group of editors and experts for its exposition and fortunately still coheres nicely as a complete work. With a basic background in carbohydrates, or glycans, the reader

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Nature Chemical BiologySpringer Journals

Published: Jun 1, 2009

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