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Sep 01, 2007 (Vol. 27, No. 15)

Monosaccharide Browser

URL:www.terravivida.com/vivida/monosaccharide
  • Educational uses
  • Needs updating
The monosaccharide browser is a carbohydrate-based site with a fairly narrow focus. Designed in 1999, it probably was rather high-tech in its time, what with having been written in Java and its ability to project molecular structures on command. It appears, unfortunately, not to have changed with the times, as its focus solely on monosaccharides and lack of support for more sophisticated imaging formats leaves it mostly as a tool for beginning students learning the structures of monosaccharides. In this sense, the site does in fact have some use as it is a great way to quiz oneself on molecular structure in a sort of flash card format. There is a need on the web for broader coverage of carbohydrates, so it would be nice if the monosaccharide browser got updated.
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