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Biochemistry For Dummies

By: John T. Moore and Richard H. Langley Published: 02-15-2022

It’s alive! It’s alive! (Thanks to biochemistry, that is.) 

Biochemistry is the science of the chemical processes that allow for…well…life. If it moves, breathes, eats, or sleeps, biochemistry can probably explain how. So, it stands to reason that the fundamentals of biochemistry can get a little complicated. 

In Biochemistry For Dummies, you’ll explore the carbons, proteins, and cellular systems that make up the biochemical processes that create and sustain life of all kinds. Perfect for students majoring in biology, chemistry, pre-med, health-services, and other science-related fields, this book tracks a typical college-level biochemistry class. It simplifies and clarifies the subject with easy-to-follow diagrams and real-world examples. You’ll also get: 

  • Explorations of cell biology, carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and other fundamental building blocks of life 
  • Discussions of the basic structures common to all living organisms 
  • Treatments of the microscopic details of life that make us all tick 

If you’re looking for a hand with some of the trickier parts of biochemistry—or you just need an accessible overview of the subject—check out Biochemistry For Dummies today!  

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Biochemistry For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 02-23-2022

Studying amino acids (the building blocks of proteins, which humans need to grow and develop) is essential in biochemistry. The four subgroups of amino acids are nonpolar, polar and uncharged, acidic, and basic. This Cheat Sheet provides a handy, quick reference to these four subgroups.

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Biochemistry's Basic Amino Acids

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Amino acids are important to the study of biochemistry because they're the building blocks of proteins found in all cells. The basic group of amino acids is represented here:

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Nonpolar (Hydrophobic) Amino Acids of Biochemistry

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Amino acids play an important role in the study of biochemistry. The following nonpolar amino acids are hydrophobic, or water-hating. They don't gratefully interact with (dissolve in) water. Here are the nonpolar amino acids:

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Biochemistry's Acidic Amino Acids

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Important to the study of biochemistry, aspartic and glumatic acids are negatively charged at physiological pH and polar. These two amino acids make up the acidic amino acid group and are represented here:

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Polar and Uncharged Amino Acids of Biochemistry

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Except for glycine, the polar and uncharged (hydrophilic) amino acids can hydrogen bond to water and are usually more soluble than the nonpolar amino acids. The polar and uncharged amino acids studied in biochemistry are

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