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Biochemistry: A Very Short Introduction

Mark Lorch

May 2021

ISBN: 9780198833871

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

All living things are composed of cells, which have fundamentally the same chemistry. Biochemistry is the study of reactions within these cells, and the molecules that are created, manipulated, and destroyed as a result of them. This book discusses the key concepts of biochemistry, as well as the recent discoveries and innovations in the field.

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All living things are composed of cells, which have fundamentally the same chemistry. Biochemistry is the study of reactions within these cells, and the molecules that are created, manipulated, and destroyed as a result of them. This book discusses the key concepts of biochemistry, as well as the recent discoveries and innovations in the field.

  • Introduces fundamental biochemical molecules such as proteins and DNA, and how they interact to bring life to our world
  • Presents the key concepts in biochemistry through their historical context
  • Describes the importance of biochemistry research and innovations to the modern world
  • Part of the Very Short introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Mark Lorch, University of Hull

Mark Lorch is Head of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Hull, as well as being Professor of Science Communication and Public Engagement. His previous publications include A Flash of Light: The science of light and colour, (2016, edited, with A. Miah); and The Secret Science of Superheroes, (2017, edited, with A. Miah), which was nominated for Institute of Physics book of the year 2017

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