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Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry [Hardcover]

David L. Nelson , Michael M. Cox
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February 1, 2008 071677108X 978-0716771081 5th
Authors Dave Nelson and Mike Cox combine the best of the laboratory and best of the classroom, introducing exciting new developments while communicating basic principles of biochemistry.

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'Excellent text book - same detailed text as in previous versions.' -Michael Danson, University of Bath, UK'The new Lehninger is one of the most modern and comprehensive textbooks in biochemistry. - 'Patrick Ziegelmuller, University of Hamburg, Germany

About the Author

DAVID L. NELSON is Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is also the Academic Program Director for university's Institute for Cross-college Biology Education.University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. MICHAEL M. COX, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

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  • Series: Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry
  • Hardcover: 1100 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman; 5th edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071677108X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716771081
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource September 18, 2010
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The book is a great resource for learning biochemistry at a fast pace. I'm using it in my Fundamental of Biological Design course, in which we go over a variety of related fields at breakneck speed (3 weeks of biochemistry, 2 weeks of engineering, 1 week of imaging, 3 weeks of genetics, etc..). I had never taken a course in biochemistry during my undergraduate career and this book has proven invaluable in my PhD career.

I would suggest this book to anybody who wants to learn biochemistry at a discussable level, quickly.
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54 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Principles of Biochemistry

David L. Nelson
Michael M. Cox

W. H. Freeman, Hardback, Fifth edition, 2008.
4to. xxix, 1158 pp., G-17, C-8, A-4, AS-35, I-41.

Fifth edition first published in 2008.

Contents [somewhat in brief, necessarily]

About the authors
A Note on the Nature of Science

1. The Foundations of Biochemistry
1.1. Cellular Foundations
1.2. Chemical Foundations
1.3. Physical Foundations
1.4. Genetic Foundations
1.5. Evolutionary Foundations


2. Water
2.1. Weak Interactions in Aqueous Solution
2.2. Ionization of Water, Weak Acids, and Weak Bases
2.3. Buffering against pH Changes in Biological systems
2.4. Water as a Reactant
2.5. The Fitness of the Aqueous Environment for Living Organisms

3. Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins
3.1. Amino Acids
3.2. Peptides and Proteins
3.3. Working with Proteins
3.4. The Structure of Proteins: Primary Structure

4. The Three-Dimensional Structure of Proteins
4.1. Overview of Protein Structure
4.2. Protein Secondary Structure
4.3. Protein Tertiary and Quaternary Structures
4.4. Protein Denaturation and Folding

5. Protein Function
5.1. Reversible Binding of a Protein to a Ligand: Oxygen-Binding Proteins
5.2. Complementary Interactions between Proteins and Ligands: The Immune System and Immunoglobulins
5.3. Protein Interactions Modulated by Chemical Energy: Actin, Myosin, and Molecular Motors

6. Enzymes
6.1. An Introduction to Enzymes
6.2. How Enzymes Work
6.3. Enzyme Kinetics as an Approach to Understanding Mechanism
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lehninger's Principles of Biochemistry December 26, 2013
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This book is fairly straightforward and easy to follow. I had no difficulty in understanding the topics, and really enjoyed using this book for my biochemistry course. It is almost identical to the 6th edition of Lehninger's, and can be used in place of that text. If you are looking to save some money, purchase this edition. The homework problems in the back of the chapters are also identical.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent text, sometimes VERY difficult to get through January 27, 2013
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Let's not kid ourselves, Biochemistry is no walk in the park. It sucks. Even if you like chemistry and biology, which I do, it is still a difficult subject when you are moving through the material for the first time. The book has been really helpful in supplementing the lectures. However, I do find that at times the text is very dense, and can sometimes be misleading. It usually takes a few passes on some of the concepts before I can actually grasp what the book is saying and how it fits into the larger picture of the system being examined. It is a good book, but the organization in some areas seems strange.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Gabe
This books is easy to understand and uses a ground up approach that reviews gen chem concepts you need for biochemistry as it goes along. I own the third edition and, although I have only gone through the first 9 chapters, I can say that it's the same as the new edition with only a couple illustrations and numbers changed (I haven't compared the end of chapter problems). Good book but save your money and buy an older edition!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent October 30, 2009
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I have all the editions of Lehninger's, Principles of Biochemistry. I am a Biochemistry Professor and consider it an excelent study book for Medical and all the Health Sciences students.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful January 24, 2014
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At times the text doesn't go into enough detail on some examples, but the breadth and clarity of the whole makes up for this in every way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So So June 20, 2013
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The format could be improved. The explanations were not well stated and didn't seem to follow a particular order. I was able to get the information out of my molecular textbook, which was more clear and concise. If it is not a required text for the class, don't bother getting this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
I love the way this text is organized. Great diagrams, recaps of the chapters, and excellent sample problems.
Published 2 days ago by Karla Parnagian
4.0 out of 5 stars PURCHASED FOR SCHOOL USE
This book was purchased for schooling use. Shipped fast and was in great condition. As far as personal enjoyment= naaa... but for schooling purposes= EXCELLENT
Published 12 days ago by Kaley Ruppe
4.0 out of 5 stars clear but big
I bought it because it was required for my biochem class. the language is understandable but the book is too big and goes into much details
Published 23 days ago by mohammad
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Price !
I received exactly what I was looking for at a great price and I received it on time

I recommend , surely not waste your money
Published 1 month ago by BarBon
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
this book helped my brother pass his biochemistry class just reading it and using the guide for the book it was a hard class
Published 1 month ago by Ricky Liquet
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Condition
The book arrived in great condition with no writing or highlighting in it as described. Overall it was a great purchase
Published 3 months ago by Jess
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Enough
Expensive. Not a subject im deeply interested in, but informative non the less. Works well for a biochem class and explains things well enough.
Published 4 months ago by Cody B Harney
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap Books
You'll be able to experience the world of chemicals like never before! Walk among the amino acids! Frolic amidst the Fatty acids! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay book
Er, the book definitely helped me through my Biochemistry class, but other than that, I didn't really use it for much else.
Published 5 months ago by Casey Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Clear concise writing and photos and charts/graphs that make the point quickly. If you are required to have this book use it!
Published 6 months ago by Joseph B Siegle Jr
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