The Manga Guide to Biochemistry

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Kumi loves to eat, but she's worried that her passion for junk food is affecting her health. Determined to unlock the secrets of dieting, she enlists the help of her brainy friend Nemoto and his beautiful biochemistry professor, Dr. Kurosaka. And so it begins...

Follow along in The Manga Guide to Biochemistry as Kumi explores the mysteries of her body's inner workings. With the help of RoboCat, the professor's friendly endoscopic robot, you'll soar through the incredible ...

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Overview

Kumi loves to eat, but she's worried that her passion for junk food is affecting her health. Determined to unlock the secrets of dieting, she enlists the help of her brainy friend Nemoto and his beautiful biochemistry professor, Dr. Kurosaka. And so it begins...

Follow along in The Manga Guide to Biochemistry as Kumi explores the mysteries of her body's inner workings. With the help of RoboCat, the professor's friendly endoscopic robot, you'll soar through the incredible chemical machinery that keeps us alive and get an up-close look at biopolymers like DNA and proteins, the metabolic processes that turn our food into energy, and the enzymes that fuel our bodies' chemical reactions.

As you dive into the depths of plant and animal cells, you'll learn about:

  • The metabolism of substances like carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and alcohol
  • How the energy powerhouses known as mitochondria produce ATP
  • DNA transcription and the different types of RNA that work together to translate the genetic code into proteins
  • Enzyme kinetics, how they're measured, and how enzyme inhibition works

Whether you're a medical student, an amateur scientist, or just curious about how your body turns cupcakes into energy, The Manga Guide to Biochemistry is your key to understanding the science of life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593272760
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 11/22/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 235,074
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Masaharu Takemura is an Associate Professor at the Tokyo University of Science who specializes in molecular biology and life science. A Doctor of Medical Science, he has written several book about biology.

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

    Edutainment!

    The more that we understand about how our bodies work, the easier it is to make good choices that will have positive effects on our health. In The Manga Guide to Biochemistry, the lead character, Kumi, is a teenage girl who loves food, but really feels like she needs to lose weight. Luckily, she has a kind friend who just happens to be taking Biochemistry at school and offers his assistance to Kumi in helping her learn more about how her body works. His teacher is happy to help them both learn the mechanics and chemical reactions of the body, including with a little robot which Kumi swallows so it can get a close-up view of her cells from the inside. Kumi gets the chance to learn about how fat is actually made in our bodies, so that she isn't tempted to just go on crash diets anymore. The teacher also explains what happens when she drinks alcohol, and how this toxic substance is metabolized in our bodies. In addition to talking about human physiology, The Manga Guide to Biochemistry also has a good amount of information on biology and how plants handle photosynthesis and other chemical processes. It sure gave me a lot to think about and I was amazed at all the complexities going on inside of me. As Kumi says, "My body works harder than me!"

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