Sia: The Sugar Code of Life
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Received on: November 05, 2017, Accepted on: November 27, 2017, Published on: December 04, 2017
Citation: Robert Skopec (2017) Sia: The Sugar Code of Life
Copyright: 2017 Robert Skopec. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Our cells are coated with sugar, and when it comes to cancer, that's anything but sweet. In a recent talk at TEDxStanford, chemist Carolyn Bertozzi explained why. She studies sialic acid, a sugar that seems to deceive the immune system, allowing cancer cells to evade the body's defenses. This work focuses on the complex, sugary structures surrounding human cells. That foliage-like coating, it turns out, can tell us a lot of our body - it even reveals a patient's blood type. Sugar and carbohydrates are dangerous supporters of different types of cancer.