Biochemistry is the area of science that is concerned with the chemical processes related to living organisms. It is laboratory-based and amalgamates biology and chemistry, and by using chemical techniques, biochemists can understand and solve many biological problems.
Biochemists are interested in processes happening at the molecular level, that is, up close and studying what’s happening inside our cells, looking at components like lipids, proteins and organelles. Those in the profession will also study how cells communicate with one another, especially during growth and when fighting diseases.
Genetics, microbiology, forensics, plant science and medicine are covered under the scope of biochemistry, and because of its breadth, its advances have been crucial within the scientific field over the past century. Why is that? Well, as a biochemist you will be performing some crucial jobs such as providing new ideas and experiments to understand how life itself works and functions. You’ll also support understanding of health and disease, contribute information to the technology revolution and work alongside many professionals such as chemists, physicists and policymakers.
It is the foundation for understanding all biological processes, and has provided many an explanation for diseases in humans, animals and plants, and can often suggest a way to treat them.
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