Glucose molecules - dual view for comparison purposes

alpha Glucose - dynamic image - drag holding left mouse button beta Glucose - dynamic image - drag holding left mouse button

Alpha and beta glucose differ only in the direction that -H and -OH groups point on carbon 1 (labelled). Alpha glucose has an -OH group that points "downwards", away from the ring, whereas the -OH on carbon 1 of beta glucose is in line with the ring.

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