Welcome to the fifth edition of Biochemistry: The Molecular Basis of Life. Although this textbook has been revised and updated to reflect the latest research in biochemistry, our original mission remains unchanged. We continue to believe that the cornerstone of an education in the life sciences is a coherent understanding of the basic principles of biochemistry. Once biochemical concepts have been mastered, students are then prepared to tackle the complexities of their chosen science fields.
To that end, we have sought comprehensive coverage of biochemical systems, structures, and reactions, but within the context of the organism. We have thus sought a unique balance between chemistry, biology, and their applications to medicine and human health. McKee’s balance means a principles-driven text with thorough chemical coverage, strong problem-solving support, and more-prominent biological applications. It means not just lists of reactions, but a context in the organism as well.
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