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    What is a protein? For early biochemists this was a hotly-contested topic: what was their composition, structure, and function? Now we know many extraordinary details of how proteins function. For example, we know how they help our bodies acquire nutrients from food, use those nutrients for fuel, and carry oxygen to our tissues. In particular, research has revealed the intricacies of how a protein’s structure is related to its function. In this course we will employ an evolutionary perspective as we discuss major topics such as amino acids, proteins and protein structure, bioenergetics, enzymes and enzyme function. We will also study major metabolic pathways and their key control points. Our goals are for you to develop a thorough understanding of how enzymes work, and to be familiar with key metabolic pathways and how they are controlled.

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