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Keywords:

  • automation;
  • catch–release technique;
  • magnetic beads;
  • polysaccharides;
  • solid-phase synthesis
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Automated carbohydrate synthesis breaks new grounds: The longest sugar chemically synthesized to date (a 30 mer) has been accessed. Key to the process is the use of a catch–release technique, which labels the saccharide, thus allowing it to be separated later through temporary attachement to magnetic particles.