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What Is Biochemistry?

Biochemistry is the study of chemical processes associated with living organisms. Biochemists use concepts of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, microbiology, and genetics to unravel the complex puzzles of life. Biochemical techniques are used in clinical diagnosis of infectious diseases, genetic disorders, and cancer, as well as in many forms of research to improve the quality of our lives.

What Is Biochemistry Used For?

  • Biochemistry is used to learn about the biological processes which take place in cells and organisms.
  • Biochemistry may be used to study the properties of biological molecules, for a variety of purposes. For example, a biochemist may study the characteristics of the keratin in hair so that a shampoo may be developed that enhances curliness or softness.
  • Biochemists find uses for biomolecules. For example, a biochemist may use a certain lipid as a food additive.
  • Alternatively, a biochemist might find a substitute for a usual biomolecule. For example, biochemists help to develop artificial sweeteners.
  • Biochemists can help cells to produce new products. Gene therapy is within the realm of biochemistry. The development of biological machinery falls within the realm of biochemistry.

Biochemists have high-value jobs that influence work in hospitals, university research departments, agriculture, food institutes, education, scientific law, cosmetic industries, forensic crime research, industrial laboratories, drug manufacturing, biotechnology, publishing, sales and marketing, government administration, science writing and many more.

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