Fundamentals of Biochemistry 5th edition is an authentic treatise on biochemistry and molecular biology. The book is authored by Donald Voet, Judith G Voet and Charlotte W Pratt. All the authors have their doctorate in chemistry or biochemistry. Wiley publications are book publishers. Fundamentals of biochemistry was first published in 1999 and latest entry is the 5th edition published in 2016. A detailed review of the book is as under.
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Fundamentals of Biochemistry 5th edition
Fundamentals of biochemistry 5th edition encircles all core aspects of biochemistry. It studies life at the molecular level. Still the scope of book is vast enough to include all the required details. This hint comes from the derivations and equations added in the content.
There are 5 main parts of the book. Introduction part introduces biochemistry and also discusses the properties and functionality of water in living systems. Water plays a key role in metabolism and major portion of the body weight is also water. Then second portion of the book is about bio-molecules. Unlike many other books of similar nature, there is a thorough explanation of bio molecules. Moreover, Separate chapters describe various structures of proteins. Same is the case with lipids and carbohydrates.
3 chapters on enzymes explain the whole process of enzyme functioning and its nature. Part of metabolism also discusses the important process in full detail. Similarly, full fledged chapters are there for topics like citric acid cycle and glucose metabolism etc.
Lastly, there are the complex topics of gene expression and multiplication. Overall, Fundamentals of Biochemistry is a comprehensive book covering complicated topics. It can also serve as a book for advance readers who are well familiar with the subject. Data presentation and working out is commendable.
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