One of the key intermediates in this pathway is the Cori ester [Monday's Molecule #25]. That's the molecule pictured on the stamp. Unfortunately, there's a mistake in the structure. How many can spot it? Why didn't they ask a biochemist to check the design?
UPDATE: Here's the correct structure.
Going postal over structural errors]. Here's how C&EN describes the mistake ...
It is a sad state of affairs, because it was precisely the isolation of glucose-1-phosphate, and discovery of the so-called Cori ester, that garnered Cori the Nobel Prize. "Long-dead carbohydrate chemists would roll over in their graves to see this structure after all the effort they made to get it right," one sugar chemist wrote in an e-mail to Newscripts.
The glitch made us rather glum, despondent even, as we considered the squandered opportunity to serve some first-class carbohydrates to the American public. For alas, the suboptimal stamps have already been printed and are still scheduled for release in early March, despite the error.
[Hat Tip: Living the Scientific Life]