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Biochemistry For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-10397-5
360 pages
July 2011
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Grasp biochemistry basics, apply the science, and ace your exams

Are you baffled by biochemistry? If so here's the good news you don't have to stay that way! Biochemistry For Dummies shows you how to get a handle on biochemistry, apply the science, raise your grades, and prepare yourself to ace any standardized test.

This friendly, unintimidating guide presents an overview of the material covered in a typical college-level biochemistry course and makes the subject easy to understand and accessible to everyone. From cell ultrastructure and carbohydrates to amino acids, proteins, and supramolecular structure, you'll identify biochemical structures and reactions, and send your grades soaring.

  • Newest biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and scientific discoveries
  • Updated examples and explanations
  • Incorporates the most current teaching techniques

From water biochemistry to protein synthesis, Biochemistry For Dummies gives you the vital information, clear explanations, and important insights you need to increase your understanding and improve your performance on any biochemistry test.

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Introduction.

Part I: Setting the Stage: Basic Biochemistry Concepts.

Chapter 1: Biochemistry: What You Need to Know and Why.

Chapter 2: Seems So Basic: Water Chemistry and pH.

Chapter 3: Fun with Carbon: Organic Chemistry.

Part II: The Meat of Biochemistry: Proteins.

Chapter 4: Amino Acids: The Building Blocks of Protein.

Chapter 5: Protein Structure and Function.

Chapter 6: Enzyme Kinetics: Getting There Faster.

Part III: Carbohydrates, Lipids, Nucleic Acids, and More.

Chapter 7: What We Crave: Carbohydrates.

Chapter 8: Lipids and Membranes.

Chapter 9: Nucleic Acids and the Code of Life.

Chapter 10: Vitamins: Both Simple and Complex.

Chapter 11: Hormones: The Body's Messengers.

Part IV: Bioenergetics and Pathways.

Chapter 12: Life and Energy.

Chapter 13: ATP: The Body’s Monetary System.

Chapter 14: Smelly Biochemistry: Nitrogen in Biological Systems.

Part V: Genetics: Why We Are What We Are.

Chapter 15: Photocopying DNA.

Chapter 16: Transcribe This! RNA Transcription.

Chapter 17: Translation: Protein Synthesis.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten Great Applications of Biochemistry.

Chapter 19: Ten Biochemistry Careers.

Index.

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John T. Moore, EdD, teaches chemistry at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas and is the author of Chemistry For Dummies.

Richard Langley, PhD, grades the free-response portion of the AP Chemistry Exam. Together with John, he authored Organic Chemistry II For Dummies.

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