As a companion to its special March 23, 2001 issue on carbohydrate chemistry and glycobiology, Science magazine online has provided for free this special in-depth look at the diverse field of carbohydrate science. Recent breakthroughs in the field involve using carbohydrate's power to modify the structure and function of proteins to synthesize new drugs. This amazing Web tour begins with links to organic chemistry refresher tutorials, sites on nomenclature, and visuals of basic organic molecules. Science recommends that users download the Chime plug-in (link furnished) for viewing molecular structures in 3-D. The site also provides information on the basics of sugar metabolism, or glycolysis, and the structure of glycoproteins. A hyperlinked list of searchable databases dealing with carbohydrate chemistry and glycobiology is given, along with links to relevant chemical societies and portals. This is a fantastic resource for college professors of organic chemistry.
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