John E. McMurry


"The book's greatest strength is its emphasis on the conceptual unity of organic chemistry and biochemistry. The chemical structures are presented with great care and accompanied by lucid explanations." —Charles Clapp, Bucknell University

"This textbook elegantly portrays the complementary nature of chemistry and biology. By describing biological processes in detailed chemical terms, the authors have provided a resource that provides an unparalleled look into the fascinating and emerging field of chemical biology." —Hung-wen Liu, University of Texas

"This textbook satisfies a major need in chemistry curricula, bridging the gap between introductory organic chemistry and biochemistry/biology. It is the first book written for students that presents biological transformations from the perspective of organic mechanism. The book significantly augments modern biochemistry curricula and may catalyze a resurgence of interest in biological mechanism." —Carolyn R. Bertozzi, University of California, Berkeley

"This text provides a contemporary and authoritative treatment of the molecular logic of the chemistry of life." —Christopher T. Walsh, Harvard University

"This text/reference book uniquely bridges organic chemistry and biochemistry and appears at an opportune time when an understanding of chemical biology is becoming essential. It should be indispensable for all bioscientists interested in a chemistry-based clarification of biological pathways." —Koji Nakanishi, Columbia University

"McMurry and Begley present the logic of biosynthetic pathways in the language of organic chemistry. This text will serve as an essential guide for new students of biological chemistry and will also prove a resource for the experienced student who aims to understand the molecular basis of biological chemistry." —Milan Mrksich, Northwestern University


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