AoS 1: Molecules of Life

Course Outline

  • The chemical nature of the cell
    • Synthesis of biomacromolecules: polysaccharides, nucleic acids, proteins
    • Structure and function of lipids
    • Structure and function of RNA and DNA
    • Structure and functional diversity of proteins: the proteome
  • The role of organelles and plasma membranes in the packaging and transport of biomolecules
  • The nature of biochemical processes
    • Enzymes as organic catalysts
    • Energy requirements of cells, catabolic and anabolic reactions
    • Energy transformations, including main stages in and sites of photosynthesis and cellular respiration; ATP-ADP cycle; factors affecting rate of energy transformations
  • Applications of molecular biology in medicine including the design of drugs and in medical diagnosis

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