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Biochemistry [Hardcover]

Donald Voet , Judith G. Voet
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)


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January 15, 1995 047158651X 978-0471586517 2
This comprehensive text thoroughly explains basic biochemical concepts while offering a unified presentation of life and its variation through evolution. Incorporates both classical and current research to illustrate the historical source of much of our biochemical knowledge. Contains a wealth of biochemical applications such as agricultural, pharmaceutical, medical and forensic. This edition has been updated to reflect the enormous advances in molecular and protein structure. Features increased emphasis on human disease, more end-of-chapter problems and extensive use of molecular biological techniques.

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This comprehensive text thoroughly explains basic biochemical concepts while offering a unified presentation of life and its variation through evolution. Incorporates both classical and current research to illustrate the historical source of much of our biochemical knowledge. Contains a wealth of biochemical applications such as agricultural, pharmaceutical, medical and forensic. This edition has been updated to reflect the enormous advances in molecular and protein structure. Features increased emphasis on human disease, more end-of-chapter problems and extensive use of molecular biological techniques.

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  • Hardcover: 1392 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (January 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047158651X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471586517
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.8 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Big picture lost in the details July 9, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
V&V does a great job on details, however, it sadly misses the big picture. The meta and intuitive material is indeed there, but so buried as to be nearly useless. The reader has difficulty reconstructing a coherent whole.
To profit from V&V, you need either an unusually good prof, or a companion book such as Lehninger, Mathews, or Stryer. Read a chapter from the simpler text, then fill in the finer points with V&V. This learning model has worked very well for me.
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65 of 74 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What do you want this for? November 26, 2005
Format:Hardcover
Before you buy this book, you must carefully ask yourself what purpose you intend to use this for. As a textbook it is horrible, but will serve you well as reference material. V&V was inflicted upon me by my professor in my single-semester graduate level biochemistry course (I am a first year student working towards a PhD in Molecular Biology). The course was structured so that we were tested once a month on about 8-12 chapters of this book. Therefore, I did not have much time to dwell for very long on each chapter and was tested in significantly less detail than what was presented in the text. The problem, as others have stated, was that the author goes into excruciating detail for each component of the chapter and then fails to state exactly why it is important. For example, the text will spend two pages describing exactly how many beta sheets and alpha helixes an enzyme has, its folding substructures, the critical amino acid residues in the active sites, and what substrate analogs researchers used to elucidate the enzyme's function. Somewhere buried in that mess will be a few words on why the enzyme is related or important to the topic of the chapter. For most people, you will never ever need to know 95% of this material unless you are personally involved in research directly related to this topic. Otherwise you would be a complete fool to waste so much time memorizing the intimate details of all the proteins and molecules. Unfortunately with this text, the nitty-gritty details are not placed aside from the main points so that you can skip over them when need be. Instead you are forced to wade through the endless morass of minutia to find the few hidden gems of general principles.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Biochemistry text on the market June 27, 2002
Format:Hardcover
This book covers much of the same material as Stryer with about twice the detail and vastly better illustrations. V&V's massive advantage is a detailed methods chapter that lets you understand how the advances in biology have been made, and why science is so slow and frustrating. If you're serious about understanding biological chemistry (as distinct from understanding how the cell works, in which case you'll want a book on molecular cell biology), look no further than this. The third edition will be coming out in 2002, at about the same time as the sixth edition of Stryer. Expect V&V to be more up-to-date, better illustrated and less verbose than its competition (although obviously I haven't seen either yet). If you're a medical student, try Devlin's Biochemistry with clinical correlations. If you want an integrated cell biology/biochemistry text, try Garrett and Grisham, including part 5.
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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HONESTLY WITTEN, VERY CLEAR, VERY COMPREHENSIVE. May 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Voet and Voet is meant for chemists. The legendary Stryer is meant for doctors, physicians, that just want to pull through biochem in some way, without having to revise all their calculus, physics and organic chemistry to keep their pride up high where it belongs. I believe that doctors in particular would find Voet & voet the superior text, because it always surveys the prerequisites that are needed for the moment. Stryer is likely to send you to other books all the time, to have terminology explained, to see mechanisms and to see tables that supply information to topics discussed. Styer supplies you with Anfinsen's anecdotes about Schoenberg to form an elegant surrogate of understanding the inherent beauty o Biochemistry, whilst Voet&Voet gievs you the information you need to understand biochemistrywell enough to see some of that beauty yourself. Do not by Stryer. There is nothing in it that you do not find in VOet&Voet. Styer has rotten pictures, rotten layout, a rotten index and a rotten binding - the book falls apart sooner or later; Voet is stitched so you can keep it forever and use it as much as you please.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very deatail oriented text February 12, 2004
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Format:Hardcover
My biochem class "officially" uses the Lehninger textbook, but my professor also uses the voet&voet as a reference. I'll say the Lehninger book is good to read as intro, but if you really want to learn the details you've to use this book instead. I think not a single biochemistry book out there is good enough for every aspects, but i'll highly recommend using the voet text along with another one so they can fill each other's holes.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Chemistry Major Loves It September 15, 2005
Format:Hardcover
As a chemistry major at Baylor University, I like to have a set of textbooks on the side to refer to when studying for my classes. I appreciate the detail that V&V went into while writing this book, and I do find it very fitting for my major. There are also plenty of illustrations to fit to the material, and I find them quite helpful. If you are a chem major looking for a little more information, I would recommend this text.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I find this book the best of is kind. This is mainly due to the many details and very good reaction-chemistry. Competing books tend to reduce chemistry to the cartoon level. Biochemistry by Voet & Voet show the way by their detailed and precise, easy-to-follow reaction chemistry. This book, is the best choice for students that want to learn biochemistry, and not just passing exams.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crystal structures and organic chemistry galore!
This book pulls out all the stops and is an outrageously flamboyant parade of X-ray crystal structures and organic chemistry. Dr. Read more
Published on November 6, 2011 by blargle
5.0 out of 5 stars Chem major vastly interested in the chemistry of biology - this is the...
Voet and Voet goes synonymous to advanced biochemistry. It is wonderful how he takes you through the course of the book. The detailed examples are simply perfect. Read more
Published on March 15, 2011 by Raghu
3.0 out of 5 stars Descent
Shipping time was great and the book was in good condition overall. However, there was a large amount of highlighting that was not mentioned in the book description.
Published on September 30, 2010 by Jonathan Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Just started this class, but this book is very informative.
I just started going through this book and so far it is an invaluable resource to my class. It looks like it will come in handy as a great reference tool far after I have... Read more
Published on September 23, 2010 by Vet2Be
5.0 out of 5 stars biochem bookskis
The book was as expected, not brand new but still in fairly good condition. Shipping was quick and that's all that I was really looking for. Read more
Published on April 10, 2010 by L. Stutts
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, detailed coverage...once you know the basics
I was first introduced to this book in my 3rd year undergrad biochemistry course (a biochem-for-biochem-majors course). I couldn't stand it! Read more
Published on October 24, 2009 by ceemme
1.0 out of 5 stars Not quantitative
There are no quantitative worked examples in any of the chapters! The authors leave it up to you to solve the problems
at the end of each chapter, and then consult the answer... Read more
Published on October 13, 2009 by Robert M. Koretsky
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad
Worst text ever. The order of the book is not very good and the language is hard to understand. Trying to figure out biochem with just this book will be a feat. Read more
Published on August 20, 2009 by Surfer
1.0 out of 5 stars soup. vomit. labile? where's the dictionary...
A textbook on a straightforward topic made as confusing and labyrinthine as possible. Seems to have been written with colleagues and scholars in mind rather than students - an... Read more
Published on March 18, 2009 by A. Park
5.0 out of 5 stars Book arrived in good condition within time limit
The book arrived within time limit and in good condition. But most importantly, it saved me over 100 dollars!
Published on November 2, 2008 by Pei Du
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