Biology of Life - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128096857, 9780128096864

Biology of Life

1st Edition

Biochemistry, Physiology and Philosophy

Authors: Laurence Cole
eBook ISBN: 9780128096864
Paperback ISBN: 9780128096857
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 21st July 2016
Page Count: 196
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Biology of Life: Biochemistry, Physiology and Philosophy provides foundational coverage of the field of biochemistry for a different angle to the traditional biochemistry text by focusing on human biochemistry and incorporating related elements of evolution to help further contextualize this dynamic space. This unique approach includes sections on early human development, what constitutes human life, and what makes it special.

Additional coverage on the differences between the biochemistry of prokaryotes and eukaryotes is also included. The center of life in prokaryotes is considered to be photosynthesis and sugar generation, while the center of life in eukaryotes is sugar use and oxidative phosphorylation. This unique reference will inform specialized biochemistry courses and researchers in their understanding of the role biochemistry has in human life.

Key Features

  • Contextualizes the field of biochemistry and its role in human life
  • Includes dedicated sections on human reproduction and human brain development
  • Provides extensive coverage on biochemical energetics, oxidative phosphorylation, photosynthesis, and carbon monoxide-acetate pathways


Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and established researchers interested in biochemistry and molecular biology

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Section I. How Life Started
    • Chapter 1. The Physics and Chemistry of Planet Earth
      • The Expanding Universe
      • Birth of the Solar System
      • Birth of Planet Earth
      • The Geology and Chemistry of Planet Earth
    • Chapter 2. How Life Started
    • Chapter 3. RNA, Ribozymes, and Early Life Forms
    • Chapter 4. Amino Acids and Peptides, Essential Ingredients of Life
    • Chapter 5. Biochemistry of Early Life
    • Chapter 6. Evolutionary History of Planet Earth
      • Oxygen Atmosphere
      • Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells
      • Multicellular Organisms
    • Chapter 7. What Is Life?
  • Section II. DNA and RNA
    • Chapter 8. The Evolution of DNA and the Genetic Code
      • Evolution of DNA
      • Evolution of the Genetic Code
    • Chapter 9. DNA Biology: DNA Replication, Transcription, and Translation
      • Replication
      • Transcription
      • mRNA Splicing
      • Translation of mRNA
      • Genes and Chromosomes
  • Section III. Energetics
    • Chapter 10. Adenosine Triphosphate Energetics
      • Oxidative Phosphorylation
      • Feeding Pathways to Oxidative Phosphorylation
      • Use of Adenosine Triphosphate Energy
      • Adenosine Triphosphate and the Heart
      • Photosynthesis and the Generation of Oxygen and Adenosine triphosphate
      • Cytoplasmic Membrane Electron Transport and Adenosine Triphosphate Synthesis in Bacteria
      • Evolution of Energetics
      • Energetics and Life
    • Chapter 11. Adenosine Triphosphate Synthase
  • Section IV. 4.5 Billion Years of Evolution
    • Chapter 12. Evolution Timeline
    • Chapter 13. Evolution of Chemical, Prokaryotic, and Eukaryotic Life
      • Chemical Life
      • Prokaryotic Life
      • Eukaryote Evolution from Prokaryotes
      • Eukaryotic Life
    • Chapter 14. Animal Evolution,


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About the Author

Laurence Cole

Dr. Cole has served on the journal editorial board from 1994-2001 as the Editor of “Trophoblast Disease Update”. He has written more than 100 articles on hCG structure, physiology and immunoassay and on clinical applications of hCG or hCG-related molecules. He has a 1.17 FWCI in the Medicine category of SciVal where he has published throughout the various disciplines and maintains an average of 12.6 citations per article from 2009-2014. He has experience with international, single, and institutional collaboration. Awards and recognition for Dr. Cole include the Institute for Anticancer Research, Biannual Prize for best research; American Association for Clinical Chemistry, Most Outstanding Research Contributor to Clinical Chemistry Prize; Gynecology Oncology, Outstanding Speaker Award; and International Society for Study of Trophoblastic Disease, Gold Medal for most outstanding research.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, USA hCG Reference Service, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

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