This program discusses the chemistry of living systems.
It begins by looking at modern research on the origins of
life and then at the structure and function of biological
molecules. It emphasizes that living organisms are huge
chemical systems in equilibrium and stresses the value of
relating chemical principles to biology and to topics that
are important to students.
"Our own bodies are extraordinary biological
chemical manufacturing systems, where we use our genes to
make highly complex molecules. Bioscience has made tremendous
advances in the last ten years, and so in the future you
will see a lot of the chemistry facilitated by bioprocesses.
. . . We are headed towards the ability to design highly
complex molecules such as we are. We are a mass of highly
sophisticated molecular structures, billions of years old.
And we are trying to understand ourselves for the first
time. . . ."
Dr. Richard Wool
Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware
to Unit 6.1