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Author Cordes, Eugene H.

Title The tao of chemistry and life : a scientific journey / Eugene H. Cordes
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 414 pages) : illustrations
Contents 1. Life: unity out of diversity; 2. Life: central properties; 3. Molecular structures based on carbon: the foundation for the molecules of life; 4. Building blocks and glue; 5. From methane to chemical communication; 6. Nitrogen and oxygen: atmospheric elements; 7. More about oxygen-containing molecules; 8. Now for the rest of the elements in vitamin pills; 9. Proteins: an amazing collection of multifunctional properties; 10. Amino acids: the building blocks of proteins; 11. Proteins are three-dimensional objects
Summary Written with the non-scientist in mind, this book employs the molecule and its interactions to explain the characteristics of living organisms in terms of the underlying chemistry of life. Following introductory chapters on the fundamentals of life, attention then turns to small molecules such as hormones and neurotransmitters and subsequently to macromolecules including proteins and nucleic acids. The interactions between small and macromolecules remains a central point throughout the book. These include enzymatic catalysis, hormone action, neurotransmission, regulation of metabolism, biosynt
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 373-386) and index
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Subject Biochemistry -- Miscellanea.
Life (Biology)
Molecular structure.
Genre/Form Miscellanea.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0195369637 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0199708762 (electronic bk.)
9780195369632 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780199708765 (electronic bk.)