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Enzymes: A Very Short Introduction

Paul Engel

November 2020

ISBN: 9780198824985

192 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Enzymes are the molecular machines that make life possible. Working as catalysts, teams of enzymes carry out the processes that power the bodies of living things, from making DNA to digesting food. This book explains what enzymes are, what they do, and how they do it, from enzymes inside our cells to those in washing powders and food production.

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Enzymes are the molecular machines that make life possible. Working as catalysts, teams of enzymes carry out the processes that power the bodies of living things, from making DNA to digesting food. This book explains what enzymes are, what they do, and how they do it, from enzymes inside our cells to those in washing powders and food production.

  • Explains what enzymes are, what they do and how they do it
  • Considers the role of enzymes both in our bodies and cells, and also as tools in washing powders, food production, waste treatment, and chemical synthesis
  • Describes contemporary applications of cloned enzymes for a multitude of industrial and medical uses
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Paul Engel, Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry, University College Dublin

Paul Engel is an Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry at University College Dublin. He lectured at Sheffield for many years before taking up the Chair of Biochemistry at University College Dublin in 1994, where his research career focussed on enzymology, kinetics, and protein engineering. Paul Engel has taken an active interest in the public awareness of science and started a programme at UCD for training Ph. D. students in presenting science to the public. Elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2001, he has also chaired its Life Sciences Committee. In 2010 he was awarded the Biochemical Irish Area Section's Medal for outstanding research carried out in Ireland.

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    List of illustrations
    1:No enzymes, no life
    2:Making things happen
    3:Making things happen
    4:Nuts and bolts
    5:Molecular machines
    6:Metabolic pathways and enzyme evolution
    7:Enzymes and disease
    8:Enzymes as tools
    Further reading
    Index

Reviews

"It would be perfect for students who want to have a (somewhat more than) basic understanding of the subject before delving deeper ... my overall understanding of the subject is more rounded. Thanks Professor Engel!" - Mary Staunton, University College Dublin Today

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