The Secret World Of Glycans

Did you know that all the cells in your body are covered with a thick and complex coat of glycans? These glycans, also called complex carbohydrates, play a vital role in keeping you healthy, but are also involved in most major diseases that affect mankind. Exactly how is still shrouded in mystery, but this video provides a glimpse into the secret world of glycans and the cutting-edge glycoscience research being conducted to understand their role in health & disease and to develop the therapeutics and vaccines of the future!

The glycoscience research is an example of Science for Life, one of the four themes within Utrecht University’s interdisciplinary research programme Life Sciences.


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Director: Jesper Buijvoets
Producer: Caspar de Zeeuw
D.O.P.: Peter Reese
Editor: Jesper Buijvoets
Sound design: Maarten Westra - Dither
Animator: David Torrico