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Biochemistry. By Alexander Petroski. Overview of Biochemistry. Biochemistry is the application and study of chemicals interacting with biological structures. Began around the 20 th century when scientists fused biology, chemistry, and physiology together.
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Biochemistry By Alexander Petroski
Overview of Biochemistry • Biochemistry is the application and study of chemicals interacting with biological structures. • Began around the 20th century when scientists fused biology, chemistry, and physiology together. • Created as a way to explain reasons for diseases • Impacted medicinal research as well as pharmaceutical research.
Job Description and Activities • Biochemists study and research the biological processes in living systems. • They attempt to explain why certain biological processes respond the way that they do. • Biochemists attempt to figure out how to improve on these processes by changing around proteins and by adding/removing different chemical components.
Places of Employment • As a Biochemist, people are usually found in modern research facilities within universities. • They can also be found within hospitals and private-sector labratories. • Biochemists are also usually found in the Center for Disease Control and other larger government jobs.
Personal Characteristics • In order to be a Biochemist, one usually possesses the following attributes: • Curiosity of the chemical origins of life • Creative • Imaginative • Hardworking • Has mastered interpersonal skills • Must have written and oral communication skills
Occupational Outlook • Occupational outlook for Biochemists is currently very good in basically all areas. • Fields are constantly expanding, and research is needed in the genetics sector. • The agricultural field is also growing steadily. • Industrial need is ever-growing as well. • Professors in academia are constantly needed to teach future generations.
Education and Training • Biochemists usually have their undergraduate work specialized in Biochemistry or Chemistry. • There are specialized one-year programs after undergraduate work is completed for laboratory techniques. • Positions in laboratories and in teaching require a master’s degree at least, and prefer a doctoral degree.
Works Cited • Background Information: • http://www.mcgill.ca/biochemistry/information/biochemistry • American Chemical Society on Biochemistry • http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=PP_ARTICLEMAIN&node_id=1188&content_id=CTP_003379&use_sec=true&sec_url_var=region1 • Monster.com • Hotjobs.yahoo.com • The Medical Biochemistry Page • http://themedicalbiochemistrypage.org/