Biochemistry is the science of cells, proteins, and molecules.
It’s also the science that powers your body.
But it’s an area of research that’s still underrepresented in many undergraduate and graduate courses.
That’s not because the field is difficult to learn, or because it’s a boring subject.
Rather, it’s because it doesn’t have the research resources or the support systems to develop a robust set of tools that are readily available.
For this reason, there’s a lack of high-quality, well-designed biochemistry textbooks, and many of the tools we use to learn biochemistry are less well-suited to the problem at hand.
Luckily, there are a few tools out there that can make learning biology easier.
But they don’t necessarily make it more interesting.
Here are five essential books for anyone interested in learning biochemistry.1.
Basic Biochemistry (Basic Books, 2013) This is a fantastic, high-impact text that contains everything you need to know to get started with basic biology.
It has plenty of free, in-person resources, and a robust, up-to-date glossary of terms.
It also includes chapters on topics like protein folding, DNA, proteins and peptides, and even the evolution of living organisms.
For the less experienced, Basic Biochemists will teach you everything you’ll need to start learning.2.
Molecular Biology: From DNA to RNA (Basic Bioinformatics, 2013).
This book is a must-have for anyone who wants to get a good sense of the basic structure and functions of proteins and RNA.
This is the textbook that will help you understand all of the basics of RNA.
It includes a chapter on the structure and function of RNA as a guide to learning the structures of all of its amino acids.
The book includes extensive illustrations of how protein molecules form.3.
Introduction to Molecular Biology (Cambridge University Press, 2014) A textbook that should be included in every biochemistry textbook.
The chapters cover every major biological topic, including RNA, DNA and the structure of RNA, and it is comprehensive.
It will help prepare you for all of your biochemistry courses.4.
Basic Biology: The Molecular Pathways (Basic Biochemistry, 2012) This book covers the structure, function, and evolution of proteins.
This book will help make you more familiar with the structures and functions and their interactions.5.
Basic Molecular Biology Volume II: Structural, Functional, and Evolutionary Biology (Biopress, 2014).
This is another essential textbook that you should consider adding to your bibliography.
It contains an extensive chapter on proteins and a chapter that covers RNA.6.
Molecular Microbiology: Structure and Function (Camford University Press: Cambridge, 2011) This will help your students understand the basic structural and functional principles of the cell.7.
Molecular Cell: Structure, Function, and Biochemistry: Molecular Biology in Three Chapters (Basic Cell, 2013.)
This is also a good textbook for any biology teacher who wants a more comprehensive look at basic biology concepts and concepts that are relevant to biochemistry research.8.
Molecular Evolution: Molecular Evolution and the Development of Life (Camley Science, 2013; revised 2013) If you want to get really technical, you can use this textbook to learn about the history of life.
It is written with a specific emphasis on molecular evolution and the origin of life, as well as the evolutionary development of life itself.9.
Introduction Biology: Origins, Functions, and Significance (Biology, 2012; revised 2014) This textbook will give you a good overview of the theory and methods of biology.10.
Introduction of Molecular Biology to Chemistry (University of California Press: Berkeley, 2014; revised 2016) This text will give your students a solid foundation for understanding basic biology principles, including the structure-activity relationship, the cellular machinery of the organism, and the functions of protein structures and the protein and RNA machinery.11.
Basic Microbiology in Three Parts (Basic Microbiology, 2014, revised 2014): This book includes a new chapter on biochemistry and a new book on the basic biology of cells.
This textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to all of these topics, and will give a solid base for your introductory biology course.12.
Basic Cell: The Evolution of Life in Three Sections (Basic Cellular, 2012, revised 2013): This is an excellent book that will make you familiar with how the cell functions, including how cells are organized, how they divide, and how they metabolize.13.
Microbiology and the Biology of Organisms: Concepts, Function and Mechanisms (MIT Press: New York, 2007; revised 2009) This new book covers topics like DNA, the protein, the RNA, the structure–activity relationship and the biochemistry of organisms.
It provides a deep dive into the biochemistries of life in the laboratory, as opposed to in nature.14.
Microbial Biology and the Structure and Structure-Activity Relationship