What is Biochemistry? Biochemistry is the part of science concerned with the chemistry of living organisms. It stands at the crossroads between physical science (chemistry and physics) and life sciences (botany, zoology, microbiology, and genetics).

Biochemistry is the study of the structure and behaviour of the complex molecules found in living organisms and the interaction of these molecules to form cells, tissues and whole organisms. Exciting new fields such as molecular biology, bio-engineering, and bio-informatics are part of modern biochemistry.

What do Biochemists do? Biochemists work at unravelling the complex chemical reactions that form the basis of life. Topics studied by biochemists include mechanisms of brain function, cellular multiplication and differentiation, communication within and between cells and organs, and the chemical bases of inheritance and disease.

The roles of specific molecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, vitamins, and hormones in specific biological processes are investigated.

The knowledge gained and methods developed by biochemists are applied in medicine, agriculture, food production, and in many chemical and health-related industries.


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