Chapter 4 Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life

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Chapter 4 Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life Carbon – The Backbone of Biological Molecules - All living organisms (plants and animals) are composed of chemicals based mostly on   element carbon - Carbon is unparalleled in its ability to form molecules that are large, complex and div   resulting in the diversity of organisms that have evolved on Earth. - Protein,  DNA, carbohydrates  and  other  molecules  that  distinguish  living  matter  fr   inanimate material are all composed of carbon atoms bonded to one another and to    of other elements Organic Chemistry - Organic chemistry is the chemistry branch that specializes in the study of carbon  compounds - Organic   compounds   range   from   simple   molecules,   such   as   methane  ( CH4 ), to colossal ones, such as proteins.
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