Proteins and Sugars

Proteins, most especially enzymes, and sugars are among the most important biomolecules investigated since the 1800s. While 19th-century chemists like Emil Fischer could only imagine how these molecules function in the body, scientists in the 20th and 21st centuries have had access to increasingly sophisticated instruments for studying these molecules, which are essential to building and nourishing our bodies and virtually every other bodily process.

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