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Biochemistry [Hardcover]

Reginald H. Garrett , Charles M. Grisham
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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December 28, 2008 0495109355 978-0495109358 4
Continuing Garrett and Grisham's innovative conceptual and organizing framework, "Essential Questions," BIOCHEMISTRY guides students through course concepts in a way that reveals the beauty and usefulness of biochemistry in the everyday world.The book's balanced presentation has been streamlined for increased clarity and readability--and to make it more interesting to visual learners, this edition also includes new photos and illustrations that show the subject matter consistently throughout the text. New end-of-chapter problems, MCAT practice questions, and the unparalleled text/media integration with the power of CengageNOW round out this exceptional package, giving students the tools they need to master course concepts and develop critical problem-solving skills they can draw upon long after the course ends.

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Reginald H. Garrett was educated in the Baltimore city public schools and at the Johns Hopkins University, where he received his Ph.D. in biology in 1968. Since that time, he has conducted research and taught biochemistry courses at the University of Virginia, where he is currently Professor of Biology. He is the author of numerous papers and review articles on biochemical, genetic, and molecular biological aspects of inorganic nitrogen metabolism. His early research focused on the pathway of nitrate assimilation in filamentous fungi. His investigations contributed substantially to our understanding of the enzymology, genetics, and regulation of this major pathway of biological nitrogen acquisition. More recently, he has collaborated in systems approaches to the metabolic basis of nutrition-related diseases. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and private industry. A member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Garrett is a former Fulbright Scholar, was twice Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge, and was Invited Professor at the University of Toulouse, France.

Charles M. Grisham received his B.S. in chemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1969 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1973. Following a postdoctoral appointment at the Institute for Cancer Research in Philadelphia, he became Professor of Chemistry at the University of Virginia, where he teaches biochemistry, introductory chemistry, and physical chemistry. He has authored numerous papers and review articles on active transport of sodium, potassium, and calcium in mammalian systems, on protein kinase C, and on the applications of NMR and EPR spectroscopy to the study of biological systems. His work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Muscular Dystrophy Association of America, the Research Corporation, the American Heart Association and the American Chemical Society. A member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Grisham held the Knapp Chair in Chemistry in 1999 at the University of San Diego; was Visiting Scientist at the Aarhus University Institute of Physiology, Aarhus, Denmark, for two years; and received a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health.

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  • Hardcover: 1184 pages
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole; 4 edition (December 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495109355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495109358
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 9.5 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, balanced book. November 6, 2011
By blargle
I took 2 courses in undergraduate biochemistry, and this was the book used. The authors strike a balance between biology (i.e. discussion of regulation and physiology) and chemistry (i.e. reaction mechanisms and structures of proteins). This book is middle-of the line between Voet (hardcore chemistry/structural biology) and Lehninger (physiology/pre-med focus). The illustrations were clear and overall the text was comprehensible. For teaching an undergraduate course in biochemistry, Garrett & Grisham is hard to beat.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, not-so-hot layout November 16, 2005
My university uses this book for the two-semester biochem sequence for BSc Chemistry/Biochemistry students. It's a well-written book, overall -- lots of information but not a very dense "scientific" read. The best part is the way the authors keep tying things back to reality ... sidebars explain how the dynamics of protein folding affect Alzheimer's disease, or what protease inhibition means for the development of HIV drugs.

The figures are aesthetically pleasing and really help to clarify descriptions in the text. The only problem is that the figures are usually a couple pages away from the text they refer to. For example, when describing the mechanism of chymotrypsin cleavage, it would make a lot more sense to put all the text on the left page and the mechanism/structures on the right page. Instead, the text is about three pages before the mechanism, meaning the reader has to keep flipping back and forth trying to understand what is going on. It's like that in most if not all cases. Not a big deal, but it's the sort of thing the layout editor should have realized when putting the book together. Maybe they'll fix it in the fourth edition.

Regardless, this is a very good biochem book. I'd recommend it for an undergraduate student of chemistry or biochemistry.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not come with OWL! February 26, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The description and price for this book leads you to believe that it comes with OWL - it does not! Must pay for access code separately.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent improvement from the first edition October 16, 1999
By A Customer
I have Biochemistry texts by Garrett and Grisham in both editions. First,I found the 1st edition a very bad text since the fiugures and language presented in the text were extremely vague and unclear. However, the 2nd edition seems to be much better than the first version. The context is clear, organization great, pictures are perfect. The idea that authors combine two books in one (i.e biochemistry and Cell biology approach) is nice, making this book become one of the good texts to have on the shelf. I am sure that anyone who wants to learn more about biochemistry, this book can be a good tool.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good illustrations, easy to understand June 26, 2011
By Bhudak
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I give this 4 stars because it was used in a graduate level biochem class, and it is too basic for such a class. It is a great book for an entry-level biochem class with great illustrations and material that is easy to read and easy to comprehend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A scammed feeling September 7, 2013
There are many undesirable issues with this textbook.

First major issue is the fact that it doesn't have example problems that teach the student how to solve problems at the end of the chapters. However, for the price of $45-$100 the student can buy the "solutions manual" which should have already been part of the text. So when purchasing this book, the customer is buying an incomplete textbook.

Second, the examples problems that are present will neglect to explain or show crucial steps in the equations.
Again, more incentive to spend more money on the solutions manual.

Third, issue is that there are typos throughout the book, coincidentally in the example problems and answers to the example problems. There is more confusion and thus incentive to buy the solutions manual. It's very confusing when quantities are mislabled in mili-moles when it should be micro-moles.

Fourth, ball and stick models don't show double and triple bonds in the molecule.

I'm sure they will just make this textbook obsolete with a new edition to correct the typos. Profitable industry where products are not recalled for major mistakes.

In the future, I hope none of my professors will use Cengage textbooks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe people still teach with Voet and Voet November 26, 2012
The perfect intro to biochem; you will not want to re-sell this book. A steady guide, with concise, yet comprehensible text(unlike Voet and Voet). I wish all text books were this well written.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Balanced September 17, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book has a good mix between chemistry and biology. You do not need to be a strictly a biology major or strictly a chemistry to understand the concepts presented in this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Happy
Book was torn up & raggedy! The cover was barely on & it definitely had been misused & should have been either restored or thrown away.
Published 4 months ago by Denika Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent text for my purposes.
I am not a formal student of biochemistry, but I have an interest in learning what I can on my own about this subject. Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. Doug Hale
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent packing and very professional
The book was packed meticulously and was in pristine condition upon arrival. Although theree was a slight delay due to extreme weather, it was handled very professionally.
Published 6 months ago by Ina Lao
5.0 out of 5 stars expensive thing
Very very expensive, but professor ask for it. So I have to buy one. What should I say? It's just a book, expensive book.
Published 9 months ago by geniusgause
5.0 out of 5 stars Easiest To Read Science Text Book Ever
Chemistry text books are typically the worst, but this is the easiest to read and most interesting science text book I have had. It's pleasant.
Published 9 months ago by sethpool
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly The Same As The Hardcover Version
This book was being sold at my school for $280 for the hardcover version, which is the only version they have for purchase. Read more
Published 10 months ago by tyler.samse
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
It can be hard to understand if you dont have a strong bio/chem background. The online website helps a lot
Published 12 months ago by Natalia Sotelos
5.0 out of 5 stars biochemistry book
It its a good book. Very useful and lots of figures to help visualize the concepts. highly recommend the book to others.
Published 16 months ago by Titus
4.0 out of 5 stars Biochemistry Book
I used it only once but it has average coverage on materials needed for certain bio classes. It's a good book.
Published 16 months ago by Ace
3.0 out of 5 stars Boring Read.
This book is very hard to get through. I hope you have a good teacher who can help you get through this and learn it better then I did because just teaching yourself out of this... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Katie Miller
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