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Fundamentals of Biochemistry: Life at the Molecular Level Hardcover – January 14, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0470129302 ISBN-10: 0470129301 Edition: 3rd

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  • Hardcover: 1240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (January 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470129301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470129302
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 8.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WileyPLUS (access purchased separately) for the new third edition of FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOCHEMISTRY now offers over 750 conceptually-based online questions, organized by chapter and topic. These original questions were created by biochemistry Professors at University of Alberta, and have bee3n tested and used since 2000.

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  • Complete online version of FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOCHEMISTRY, Third Edition
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About the Author

Donald Voet received a B.S. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University with William Lipscomb, and did postdoctoral research in the Biology Department at MIT with Alexander Rich. Upon completion of his postdoctoral research, Don took up a faculty position in the Chemistry Department at the University of Pennsylvania where, for the past 38 years, he has taught a variety of Biochemistry courses as well as general Chemistry. His major area of research is the X-ray crystallography of molecules of biological interest. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University, The University of California at San Diego, and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Together with Judith G. Voet, he is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. He is a member of the Education Committee of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His hobbies include backpacking, scuba diving, skiing, travel, photography, and writing Biochemistry textbooks.

Judith ("Judy") Voet received her B.S. in Chemistry from Antioch College and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Brandeis University with Robert H. Abeles. She has done postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Her main area of research involves enzyme reaction mechanisms and inhibition. She taught Biochemistry at the University of Delaware before moving to Swarthmore College. She taught there for 26 years, reaching the position of James H. Hammons Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry before going on "permanent sabbatical leave." She has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University, University of California, San Diego, University of Pennsylvania, and the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. She has been a member of the Education and Professional Development Committee of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as well as the Education Committee of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Her hobbies include hiking, backpacking, scuba diving, and tap dancing.

Charlotte Pratt received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Notre Dame and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Duke University under the direction of Salvatore Pizzo. Although she originally intended to be a marine biologist, she discovered that Biochemistry offered the most compelling answers to many questions about biological structure-function relationships and the molecular basis for human health and disease. She conducted postdoctoral researching the Center for Thrombosis and Hemostasis at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has taught at the University of Washington and currently teaches at Seattle Pacific University. In addition to working as an editor of several Biochemistry textbooks, she has co-authored Essential Biochemistry and previous editions of Fundamentals of Biochemistry.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter San on January 18, 2010
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As far as content, this book wasn't too bad. However, I feel that the Lehninger Biochemistry text is an easier read, and I also believe it does a better job of explaining the interactions between molecules, proteins, etc. For that reason I switched to that text mid-way through Biochemistry I. On the plus side, this particular textbook has a little more content in the area of bioenergetics, but other than that, I'd stick with Lehninger. The main problem I had with this binder version is that the pages tear very easily. The paper is extremely flimsy, and because of this I tore multiple pages in this binder version. If you're going to buy this edition, I strongly recommend you do not buy the binder version - especially if you plan on selling it later.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ARP on January 3, 2012
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I have to begin by question for whom exactly this textbook was written. I had to use the 2nd edition of this text for an introductory biochemistry course, and it has been the single most atrocious textbook I have come across in my entire 10 year academic career.

The fundamental problem with learning "Fundamentals of Biochemistry" from this text is that there is appalling amount of in-coherency and discontinuity in the topics presented. The final result is something that is entirely incomprehensible and very painful to learn from unless you already have had substantial amount of exposure to the elementary topics of biochemistry before. The author has included a girth of information, often randomly distributed, so much so that trying to understand the most basic principle in each section becomes a mind numbing task of trying to comb through what feels like a tomb of the entire biochemical science known to man-kind.

Just to give an example, when trying to understand something as basic as the Kreb Cycle, the author utterly fails to present first a comprehensible overall picture of what the entire process entails, its significance, and consequences. Instead we are presented, in quite vomit-inducing detail, details down to the shape and step by step mechanism of function, chemical structure, and shape of each of the enzymatic reactions involved so that by the time you have spent an hour in one single subsection, you are lost and not even sure how any of this even relates to the original topic. This made worse by the authors digression from the immediate topic,and back references to figures and section of many chapters past, which means almost none of the sections are self-contained and the reader is sent on a wild goose chase trying to piece all the information together.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Berns on September 7, 2008
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Be advised, this item does not come with access to WileyPlus, the online program that accompanies the text. I noticed the item description has changed since I bought and returned the text, so Amazon must have gotten complaints.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SDSU Student on January 22, 2012
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Upon looking at text books this semester, I saw that many of them were offered in a "Kindle Edition" which I thought was awesome. However when I got my Kindle, and downloaded this KINDLE EDITION TEXTBOOK to my PC I discovered that the KINDLE edition is not available to be read on a KINDLE!!! and I have the FIRE! I feel VERY mislead and angry, not just because I spent money both a KINDLE FIRE and This book, but also I was very excited NOT to have to carry around 10+ lbs of textbooks this semester since I am disabled due to back problems.

I am severly disapointed in this false advertising!
Shame on you Amazon!

Barnes and Noble clearly states on their site that their etextbooks canNOT be read on their NOOKS! Which is one of the reason's I did not choose Nook and bought a Kindle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arie on October 7, 2010
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This book is okay but using it alone is a bad idea, get Lehninger as a back up it will surely help you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon692 on November 24, 2013
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I bought this book not realizing that it said "FUNDAMENTALS." It may be good for some people, but it hasn't been close to covering enough material for my biochemistry class. Choose a different one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mandie1115 on July 25, 2012
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I had a first time professor for biochemistry, so I spent a lot of time reading the book. If I had not bought this book I wouldn't have passed the class. I found it easier to follow than some Chemistry books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. LaBoomba on November 5, 2011
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International version is a great way to save money on textbooks. Spent a lot less than most people in my class and they're exactly the same books. Helpful and definitely lots of information to learn.
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