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Published: 15 July 2015

928 Pages

8-1/2 x 11 inches

ISBN: 9780190209896

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The Molecular Basis of Life

Sixth Edition

Trudy McKee and James R. McKee

  • A Review of Basic Principles. To ensure that all students are sufficiently prepared to acquire a meaningful understanding of biochemistry, the first four chapters-now streamlined for easier coverage and self-study assessment-review the principles of relevant topics like organic functional groups, noncovalent bonding, thermodynamics, and cell structure.
  • Chemical and Biological Principles in Balance. Comprehensive coverage offers each instructor the flexibility to decide how much chemistry or biology he/she would like to present. Chemical mechanisms are always presented within the physiological context of the organism.
  • Real-World Relevance. Because students who take the survey of biochemistry course come from a range of backgrounds and have diverse career goals, the sixth edition consistently demonstrates the fascinating connections between biochemical principles and the fields of medicine, nutrition, agriculture, bioengineering, and forensics.
  • The Most Robust Problem-Solving Program Available. Includes in-chapter "Worked Problems", dozens of "Questions", and hundreds of multiple-choice and short-answer questions at the end of the chapters.
  • Currency. The sixth edition has been extensively updated with recent developments in the field, while remaining focused on the "big-picture" principles that are the focus of the one-term biochemistry course.

New to this Edition:

  • A new Chemistry Primer: This helpful in-text resource reviews foundational general chemistry and organic chemistry topics, getting students up to speed so that they can master the biochemical concepts to come
  • Increased depth of chemical explanation and emphasis on the chemistry of reactions
  • An enhanced supplements program, including a significantly revised test bank, a new animations guide, and updated Sapling Learning Online Homework content
  • Updated content, including new discussions of RNA interference, epigenetics, metabolic regulation, and proteostatis
  • Greater emphasis on the relationship between biochemistry and human biology
  • New "Biochemistry in Perspective" boxes on carcinogenesis and biomimetic photosynthesis
  • 285 new End-of-Chapter Review Questions: the most robust and complete set of review problems of any text, with more than 1,250 end-of-chapter exercises
  • More than fifty new illustrations

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