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The Chemistry of Health

tells how chemistry and biochemistry are increasing our understanding of human health. Learn how biochemical relays keep our organ systems operating, how food is broken down and used to build tissues and organs, and how tiny biological probes and instruments can track single molecules. Topics in the 60-page booklet include folic acid, sugars and fats, DNA, making medicines, harnessing biology's magic, and more. (National Institutes of Health)

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Interesting Fact:

Metabolic engineering uses the tools of biology to produce chemical compounds that never before existed in nature (called "unnatural" natural products.) Metabolic engineers are in the business of using living systems to turn sugars and other small molecules into antibiotics drugs, and agricultural and veterinary products.
Image of the plasma membrane is a cell's protective barrier.

The plasma membrane

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