A new focus on glycoscience, a field that explores the structures and functions of sugars, promises great advances in areas as diverse as medicine, energy generation, and materials science, this report finds. Glycans--also known as carbohydrates, saccharides, or simply as sugars--play central roles in many biological processes and have properties useful in an array of applications. However, glycans have received little attention from the research community due to a lack of tools to probe their often complex structures and properties.
Transforming Glycoscience: A Roadmap for the Future presents a roadmap for transforming glycoscience from a field dominated by specialists to a widely studied and integrated discipline, which could lead to a more complete understanding of glycans and help solve key challenges in diverse fields.
Table of Contents
|2 The Landscape of Current Research in Glycoscience||29-36|
|3 Glycoscience in Health, Energy, and Materials||37-70|
|4 Examples of Outstanding Questions in Glycoscience||71-84|
|5 The Toolkit of Glycoscience||85-134|
|6 Deciphering the Glycome for Human Health and Sustainability: Findings, Recommendations, and Roadmap||135-142|
|Appendix A: Committee Member Biographies||159-166|
|Appendix B: The Landscape of Current Research in Glycoscience: Additional Information||167-176|
|Appendix C: Workshop on the Future of Glycoscience: Agenda and Participants||177-184|
|Appendix D: Input Received Online and Through Other Data Gathering||185-186|
|Appendix E: Glossary||187-192|
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