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Biochemistry (8th Edition)

Biochemistry (8th Edition)

Author: Jeremy M. Berg and John L. Tymoczko

Publisher: W. H. Freeman


Publish Date: April 8, 2015

ISBN-10: 1464126100

Pages: 1120

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

For several generations of students and teachers, Biochemistry has been an invaluable resource, presenting the concepts and details of molecular structure, metabolism, and laboratory techniques in a streamlined and engaging way. Biochemistry’s success in helping students learn the subject for the first time is built on a number of hallmark features:

• Clear writing and simple illustrations. The language of biochemistry is made as accessible as possible for students learning the subject for the first time. To complement the straightforward language and organization of concepts in the text, figures illustrate a single concept at a time to help students see main points without the distraction of excess detail.

• Physiological relevance. It has always been our goal to help students connect biochemistry to their own lives on a variety of scales. Pathways and processes are presented in a physiological context so students can see how biochemistry works in the body and under different conditions, and Clinical Application sections in every chapter show students how the concepts they are studying impact human health. The eighth edition includes a number of new Clinical Application sections based on recent discoveries in biochemistry and health. (For a full list, see p. xi)

• Evolutionary perspective. Discussions of evolution are woven into the narrative of the text, just as evolution shapes every pathway and molecular structure described in the text. Molecular Evolution sections highlight important milestones in the evolution of life as a way to provide context for the processes and molecules being discussed. (For a full list, see p. x)

• Problem-solving practice. Every chapter of Biochemistry provides numerous opportunities for students to practice problem-solving skills and apply the concepts described in the text. End-of-chapter problems are divided into three categories to address different problem-solving skills: Mechanism problems ask students to suggest or describe a chemical mechanism; Data interpretation problems ask students to draw conclusions from data taken from real research papers; and chapter integration problems require students to connect concepts from across chapters. Further problem-solving practice is provided online, on the Biochemistry LaunchPad. (For more details on LaunchPad resources, see p. viii)

• A variety of molecular structures. All molecular structures in the book, with few exceptions, have been selected and rendered by Jeremy Berg and Gregory Gatto to emphasize the aspect of structure most important to the topic at hand. Students are introduced to realistic renderings of molecules through a molecular model “primer” in the appendices to Chapters 1 and 2 so they are well-equipped to recognize and interpret the structures throughout the book. Figure legends direct students explicitly to the key features of a model, and often include PDB numbers so the reader can access the file used in generating the structure from the Protein Data Bank website ( Students can explore molecular structures further online through the Living Figures, in which they can rotate 3D models of molecules and view alternative renderings.

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