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The study of biochemistry leads to an appreciation for the diversity of living systems as well as the similarity of the metabolic processes occurring in those diverse organisms. Biochemical knowledge is also having profound influence on areas as diverse as medicine and agriculture. As the mechanisms by which diseases destroy living systems are explained, new medical treatments can be developed. New varieties of plants are being produced which resist pests and can resist weed killers. New information is rapidly being transferred from the research laboratory to practical application.
Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of living systems. Between the traditional fields of chemistry and biology, biochemists must be well-trained in both fields.
Biochemistry includes the study of chemical processes involved in the formation and breakdown of substances which make up living systems as well as the processes involved in movement, transmission of signals, and reproduction of organisms. An understanding of biochemical processes has contributed to the production of new drugs and agricultural products using recombinant DNA technology.
A dynamic and interesting major, Biochemistry is the newest branch of chemistry, with enormous growth in the past 30 years. Most biochemical knowledge has been generated by individuals who are still living.
- Forensic laboratories
Why Choose Biochemistry at WIU?
Most studies predict a shortage of chemists of all types, making job markets excellent for many years to come.