UCC Department of Biochemistry Info

UCC Department of Biochemistry Info

Biochemistry is the application of chemistry to the study of biological processes at the cell and molecular level. It is both a life science and a chemical science that explores the chemistry of living organisms and the molecular basis for the changes which occur in cells.  It emerged as a distinct discipline in the early 20th century when scientists combined biology, chemistry and physiology to investigate the chemistry of living organisms.

Biochemistry has practically served as the foundation for understanding all biological processes and also provided explanations for the causes of many diseases in humans, animals and plants.  The knowledge and methods developed by biochemists are applied to all fields of biological science, medicine, agriculture and many chemical and health related industries.  There are many areas of science which require the understanding in principle of Biochemistry. These include neurochemistry, bio-organic chemistry, clinical chemistry, food biochemistry, physical biochemistry, molecular genetics, biochemical pharmacology, toxicology and immunochemistry.

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