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Unformatted text preview: Chem114A Structural Biochemistry What is Biochemistry? • It is the study of the chemical basis of life What do biochemists aim for? To describe in molecular terms the structures, mechanisms and chemical processes shared by all organisms, providing organizing principles that underlie life in all its diverse forms. What questions does Biochemistry attempt to address? • What is the chemical structure of living organisms? • How do the basic components organize in complex structures like macromolecules, cells, tissues and organisms? • How do organisms extract energy from their surroundings to remain alive? • How are chemical reactions controlled inside the cells? • How is information transmitted when organisms reproduce? Areas of Biochemistry • Structural Biochemistry (what are the components and functions of cells?) Chem114A • Metabolism (what are the chemical reactions occurring in organims?) Chem114B • Molecular genetics (how biological information is stored and transmitted?) Chem114C Areas of Biochemistry • Structural Biochemistry (what are the components and functions of cells?) Chem114A • Metabolism (what are the chemical reactions occurring in organims?) Chem114B • Molecular genetics (how biological information is stored and transmitted?) Chem114C How inanimate matter results in...
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This note was uploaded on 10/22/2009 for the course CHEM 140A taught by Professor Whiteshell during the Spring '04 term at UCSD.

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