Although the physiology and chemistry of the aminosugars have been extensively studied, especially in the past few years, relatively little attention has been paid to chitin. This perhaps, is not very surprising in view of the intractable nature of the polysaccharide and the resultant difficulties associated with its isolation and study. However, the recently stimulated interest in the biological function and biosynthesis of chitin indicates that much more will soon be known in this field.


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