Biochemistry: A Very Short Introduction

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ISBN:

9780198833871

Publication date:

21/10/2021

Paperback

160 pages

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ISBN:

9780198833871

Publication date:

21/10/2021

Paperback

160 pages

Mark Lorch

The book introduces fundamental biochemical molecules such as proteins and DNA, and how they interact to bring life to our world and describes the importance of biochemistry research and innovations to the modern world

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Mark Lorch

Description

From the simplest bacteria to humans, all living things are composed of cells of one type or another, all of which have fundamentally the same chemistry. This chemistry must provide mechanisms that allow cells to interact with the external world, a means to power the cell, machinery to carry out varied processes within the cell, a structure within which everything runs, and also governance through a web of interlocking chemical reactions. Biochemistry is the study of those reactions, the molecules that are created, manipulated, and destroyed as a result of them, and the massive macromolecules (such as DNA, cytoskeletons, proteins and carbohydrates) that form the chemical machinery and structures on which these biochemical reactions take place.

It didn't take long for an understanding of the chemistry of life to turn into a desire to manipulate it. Drugs and therapies all aim to modify biochemical processes for good or ill: Penicillin, derived from mould, stops bacteria making their cell walls. Aspirin, with its origins in willow bark, inhibits enzymes involved in inflammatory responses. A few nanograms of botulinum toxin (botox), can kill by preventing the release of neurotransmitters from the ends of nerves and so leads to paralysis and death, or give a wrinkle free forehead (if administered in very tiny quantities).This Very Short Introduction discusses the key concepts of biochemistry, as well as the historical figures in the field and the molecules they studied, before considering the current science and innovations in the field, and the interaction between biochemistry, biotechnology, and synthetic biology.

Mark Lorch

Table of contents

Preface
1. The roots of biochemistry
2. Water, lipids and carbohydrates
3. Proteins: Nature's nano-machines
4. Nucleic acids: Life's blueprints
5. Powering a cell: Bioenergetics
6. Manufacturing and maintaining DNA
7. Following biochemistry within the cell
8. Biotechnology and synthetic biology
Further reading
References

Mark Lorch

Mark Lorch

Mark Lorch

Description

From the simplest bacteria to humans, all living things are composed of cells of one type or another, all of which have fundamentally the same chemistry. This chemistry must provide mechanisms that allow cells to interact with the external world, a means to power the cell, machinery to carry out varied processes within the cell, a structure within which everything runs, and also governance through a web of interlocking chemical reactions. Biochemistry is the study of those reactions, the molecules that are created, manipulated, and destroyed as a result of them, and the massive macromolecules (such as DNA, cytoskeletons, proteins and carbohydrates) that form the chemical machinery and structures on which these biochemical reactions take place.

It didn't take long for an understanding of the chemistry of life to turn into a desire to manipulate it. Drugs and therapies all aim to modify biochemical processes for good or ill: Penicillin, derived from mould, stops bacteria making their cell walls. Aspirin, with its origins in willow bark, inhibits enzymes involved in inflammatory responses. A few nanograms of botulinum toxin (botox), can kill by preventing the release of neurotransmitters from the ends of nerves and so leads to paralysis and death, or give a wrinkle free forehead (if administered in very tiny quantities).This Very Short Introduction discusses the key concepts of biochemistry, as well as the historical figures in the field and the molecules they studied, before considering the current science and innovations in the field, and the interaction between biochemistry, biotechnology, and synthetic biology.

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Table of contents

Preface
1. The roots of biochemistry
2. Water, lipids and carbohydrates
3. Proteins: Nature's nano-machines
4. Nucleic acids: Life's blueprints
5. Powering a cell: Bioenergetics
6. Manufacturing and maintaining DNA
7. Following biochemistry within the cell
8. Biotechnology and synthetic biology
Further reading
References

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