- Provides an excellent review of basic biochemistry an evolution
- Written in a clear, concise style for scientists, students, and readers interested in a scientific inquiry into the origins of life
- Written by an authority in the field, and brought fully up-to-date in light of new research
- Pulls together valuable information not found in a single source
- Organized and presented in a manner conductive for use in a college course
- Heavily illustrated to make difficult concepts concrete
Table of Contents
- Origin of the Universe.
Formation of the Elements.
Beginnings of Chemistry.
Element Abundances of the Planets.
Geologic, Hydrologic, and Atmospheric Evolution of the Earth.
Cells, Organelles, and Biomolecules.
Metabolic Strategies and Pathway Design.
Storage, Replication, and Utilization of Biochemical Information.
General Considerations Concerning the Origin of Life on the Earth.
Biochemical Pathways Involving Carbohydrates.
Prebiotic Pathways Involving Carbohydrates.
Similarities Between the Biosynthesis of Nucleotides and the Prebiotic Synthesis of Nucleotides.
RNA Metabolism and the Prebiotic Synthesis of RNA. Amino Acid Synthesis Now and Then.
Chemistry of Translation.
Early Developments in Polypeptide Synthesis.
Lipid Metabolism and the Prebiotic Synthesis of Lipids.
Properties of Membranes and Their Evolution.
Possible Roles of Clays and Minerals in the Origin of Life.
Evolution of Organisms.
Evolution of the Main Energy-Producing Pathway for Aerobic Metabolism: The Tricarboxylic Acid Cycle.
Evolution of Photosynthesis.
Origin and Elaboration of the Genetic Code.
- No. of pages: 564
- Language: English
- Copyright: © Academic Press 2000
- Published: January 4, 2000
- Imprint: Academic Press
- eBook ISBN: 9780080497617
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