Biochemistry: The Molecular Basis of Life is an intermediate, one-semester text written for students on degree pathways in Chemistry, Biology, and other Health and Life Sciences. Designed for students who need a solid introduction to biochemistry, but are not specializing in the subject, the text focuses on essential biochemical principles that underpin the modern life sciences, and offers the most balanced coverage of chemistry and biology of any text on the market. The text equips students with a complete view of the living state, emphasizes problem solving, and applies biochemical principles to the fields of Health, Agriculture, Engineering, and Forensics, to show students the relevance of their learning. McKee and McKee is respected for its balance of biology and chemistry, consistently placing biochemical principles into the context of the physiology of the cell and biomedical applications.
Chapter Opening Vignettes
Biochemistry in Perspective Essays
Biochemistry in the Lab Boxes
General and Organic Chemistry Review Primer
1. Biochemistry: An Introduction
2. Living Cells
3. Water: The Matrix of Life
5. Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins
8. Carbohydrate Metabolism
9. Aerobic Metabolism I: The Citric Acid Cycle
10. Aerobic Metabolism II: Electron Transport and Oxidative Phosphorylation
11. Lipids and Membranes
12. Lipid Metabolism
14. Nitrogen Metabolism I: Synthesis
15. Nitrogen Metabolism II: Degradation
16. Integration of Metabolism
17. Nucleic Acids
18. Genetic Information
19. Protein Synthesis
James R. McKee is Professor of Chemistry at the University of the Sciences, Philadelphia. Trudy McKee is a biochemist who has taught Biochemistry at Thomas Jefferson University, Rosemont College, Immaculata College, and the University of the Sciences.
"McKee's Biochemistry is by far the best available textbook on the market for a one semester undergraduate Biochemistry course. It is very reader-friendly and has a better flow than most Biochemistry textbooks. This textbook goes beyond being a good reference book for students. Several features like key concepts, medical correlations, chapter summaries, 'Biochemistry in Perspective,' and end-of-chapter problems help guide learning and provide valuable study materials."
– Niina Ronkainen, Benedictine University
"McKee's Biochemistry is an excellent, one-semester biochemistry text that covers the major topics to an appropriate depth for health professions students. It is concise yet provides enough details to lay a solid biochemistry foundation."
– Joe Deweese, Lipscomb University
"The amount of material covered and the depth of the coverage is very good for a one-semester biochemistry course. The clinical examples to start each chapter are very nice and a good way to interest students in the material. The writing is at a level that will be helpful to students."
– Michael Gunther, West Virginia University