Galactose

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Galactose is a monosaccharide, similar in structure to glucose, with the same structural formula C6H12O6.

Condensation of Galactose and Glucose will form lactose, a common disaccharide found in milk.

Galactose is often described as a C4 epimer of glucose [1] although it has the same numbers of atoms. The way that these atoms are arranged in space, (stereoisomerism), is different, and as such they are both non-superimposable mirror images of one another.

Reference

  1. Biochemistry 7th (2002) Stryer et.al. pg331-332
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