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.
National Research Council. 2012. Transforming Glycoscience: A Roadmap for the Future. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/13446.
|2 The Landscape of Current Research in Glycoscience
|3 Glycoscience in Health, Energy, and Materials
|4 Examples of Outstanding Questions in Glycoscience
|5 The Toolkit of Glycoscience
|6 Deciphering the Glycome for Human Health and Sustainability: Findings, Recommendations, and Roadmap
|Appendix A: Committee Member Biographies
|Appendix B: The Landscape of Current Research in Glycoscience: Additional Information
|Appendix C: Workshop on the Future of Glycoscience: Agenda and Participants
|Appendix D: Input Received Online and Through Other Data Gathering
|Appendix E: Glossary
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