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Chem114A Structural Biochemistry
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What is Biochemistry? It is the study of the chemical basis of life
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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.
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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?
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Areas of Biochemistry Structural Biochemistry (what are the components of cells and how do these macromolecules work?) Chem114A Metabolism (what are the chemical reactions occurring in organims?) Chem114B Molecular genetics (how biological information is stored and transmitted?) Chem114C
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Areas of Biochemistry Structural Biochemistry (what are the components of cells and how do these macromolecules work?) Chem114A Metabolism (what are the chemical reactions occurring in organims?) Chem114B Molecular genetics (how biological information is stored and transmitted?) Chem114C
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How inanimate matter results in life? Isolated biomolecules conform to all the laws of chemistry and physics.
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