ERIC Number: ED454084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
The Chemistry of Health.
National Inst. of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
This booklet, geared toward an advanced high school or early college-level audience, describes how basic chemistry and biochemistry research can spur a better understanding of human health. It reveals how networks of chemical reactions keep our bodies running smoothly. Some of the tools and technologies used to explore these reactions are described, and the research of a number of chemists is highlighted. Questions at the end of each chapter are also included. Chapter 1, "Actions and Reactions," aims to convey the essential and wondrous notion that the chemistry inside a body never stops. Chapter 2, "Harnessing Biology's Magic," explores how biotechnology offers rich potential toward bettering human health. Chapter 3, "Sugars and Fats: Are We What We Eat?" describes how carbohydrates and lipids provide much of the structural scaffolding for cells, organs, and tissues. Chapter 4, "A Chemist's Toolbox," offers a glimpse into the technological wonder propelling the chemistry of today and tomorrow. Chapter 5, "The Healing Power of Chemistry," visits some unusual places that may yield future medicines. (ASK)
Descriptors: Biochemistry, Chemistry, High Schools, Higher Education, Science Activities, Science Careers, Science Instruction
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Bethesda, MD.