MCB+102+F10 lecture 01 - Welcome to MCB 102! "Survey...

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Biochemistry is essential to understand cell function Welcome to MCB 102! Fall, 2010
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Biochemistry (also called biological chemistry or physiological chemistry) • The aim of Biochemistry is to obtain a detailed level of mechanistic understanding about all of the molecules and all of the chemical reactions that constitute the life processes that occur in cells and organisms. DEFINITION
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Molecular Biology • Molecular Biology comprises the branch of Biochemistry that is devoted to understanding the formation, structure, and function of biological macromolecules, particularly nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), and processes like chromosome replication, gene transcription, mRNA translation, and genome structure, as well as methods to manipulat e ("engineer") these macromolecules. DEFINITION
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Structural Biology • Structural Biology comprises the branch of Biochemistry concerned with elucidating the three-dimensional architecture and dynamics of biological molecules and macromolecular assemblies at atomic resolution, and the physical and chemical principles that dictate biomolecular structure and function. DEFINITION
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Course Logistics Prerequisites : Biol. 1A & Biol. 1AL; Chem. 3A-Chem. 3B Required textbook : Nelson DL, Cox MM (2008) 5th Edition, Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry , W.H. Freeman Co., New York, NY. Required Reading Lecture #1 : vii (in Preface); Ch. 1; Ch. 2 bSpace : Syllabus, future reading assignments, special announcements, practice problems, PowerPoint™ presentations, exam dates, office hours, etc., will be posted.
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MCB+102+F10 lecture 01 - Welcome to MCB 102! "Survey...

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