Journals Higher Education



24 July 2013

944 Pages | 409 illustrations

8-1/2 x 11 inches

ISBN: 9780199316700

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The Molecular Basis of Life

Updated Fifth Edition

Trudy McKee and James R. McKee

Biochemistry: The Molecular Basis of Life is the ideal text for students who do not specialize in biochemistry but who require a strong grasp of biochemical principles. The goal of this edition has been to enrich the coverage of chemistry while better highlighting the biological context. Once concepts and problem-solving skills have been mastered, students are prepared to tackle the complexities of science, modern life, and their chosen professions.

New to this Edition:

  • 285 Additional End-of-Chapter Review Questions. These bonus fill-in-the-blank and short-answer questions at the end of each chapter encourage students to test their knowledge of the material and apply what they have learned.
  • New Chemistry Primer. This helpful in-text resource reviews foundational general chemistry and organic chemistry topics.
  • New Chapter-Opening Vignettes. These nineteen essays cover many fascinating topics, including the nature and diversity of life, the ocean's dark secret life, spider silk, humans and enzymes, sweet and bitter taste in diet, metabolism and jet engines, evolution as chance and necessity, oxygen's molecular paradox, global warming and renewable energy, the Gulf dead zone, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's, hypertension and uric acid, what makes us human, the medical mystery of DNA and chimeras, and the superbug MRSA.
  • New "Biochemistry in Perspective" Boxes. These boxes show students the real-world relevance of the biochemical processes that they are studying. Each box presents an opening question and concluding summary, helping students place material in its proper context. The updated fifth edition includes new essays on cell regulation and metabolism, protein folding and human disease, quantum tunneling and catalysis, wine production, turbo design dangers, myocardial infarct, the hormone cascade system, and trapped ribosomes.
  • New "Biochemistry in the Lab" Boxes. Completely new to this edition, these boxes present coverage of protein sequence analysis and glycomics.
  • In-Chapter "Key Concept" Lists. The text presents 100+ bulleted summaries with icons, along with 100+ icons for biomedical applications with new labels identifying the application. Other icons point to JMOL visualization software.
  • Expanded Coverage Throughout.
  • * Increased coverage of chemicals, and a greater focus on mechanisms
  • * Discussion of cutting-edge topics such as RNAi, epigenetics and the epigenome, macromolecular crowding, GLUT transporters, systems biology, and the contribution of dietary fructose to the current epidemics of obesity and type II diabetes
  • * Updated coverage of coenzymes, viruses, and biotechnology
  • * Extended coverage of amino acids, proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, and genetic information

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