Carbohydrates: The Sweet Molecules of Life

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This book is on carbohydrates - the essential molecules that give you energy. They are the building blocks of life. This book delivers up-to-date coverage on all aspects of carbohydrate chemistry. The molecules are sometimes sugars, i.e. "sweet," hence the subtitle "The Sweet Molecules of Life." Carbohydrates first gives the "nuts and bolts" of carbohydrate chemistry, enabling the reader to appreciate the subsequent chapters on protecting groups and the reactions of monosaccharides. (The protecting groups do just that-they are put on the molecules as a temporary measure during one or more reactions to stop the wrong bit of the molecule being changed during that reaction.) The book introduces the basic chemistry of carbohydrates; describes the concepts, protecting groups, and reactions of carbohydrates; includes all aspects of the synthesis of the glycosidic linkage; gives an introduction to glycobiology and vaccines; and, includes references to carbohydrate literature.

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"when it comes to choosing a book that could be used to teach a course to advanced undergraduate or graduate students, there are very few options. This book fills that gap. The book is clearly and entertainingly written. The coverage is excellent and many emerging areas are included. The reference list is similarly excellent and up-to-date. This book will be an extremely useful addition to the library of professionals with interests in carbohydrate chemistry. Moreover, students wanting to learn about this area will find this an informative and easy-to-read book." JOURNAL OF AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY

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Robert Stick is a Queenslander by birth and completed his undergraduate and higher degrees at the University of Queensland. Following post-doctoral studies with Ray Lemieux and Sir Derek Barton, he took a faculty position at The University of Western Australia in 1975 and has since spent sabbatical leaves with Bert Fraser-Reid (Duke University), and with Bill Cullen and Steve Withers (both of the University of British Columbia).

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