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Studying Self-studying biology

  1. Apr 22, 2016 #1

    I want to learn biology from stratch for a hobby, I never studied it in school good enough so I want to do it now, should I go through entire Campbell Biology to grasp basic stuff?
    I wanna note that I want to focus on bioinformatics as I progress
    One more thing to note is that I want to do as many biology experiments(I don't mind even going through books for kids as I can, and I want to actually understand science behind them, not just do the experiments and voilà!

    So based on description of my current knowledge (zero), my goals (bioinformatics), wishes(experiments), what textbooks/courses would you recommend to me?
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  3. Apr 22, 2016 #2

    jim mcnamara

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    Two points:
    If you have not done HS Chemistry, consider getting into that first. One of the first things you encounter in Biology is the cell concept and its structure and chemical comoponents - which starts by assuming you know about polymers, fats, chemical bonds and so on.

    You may have some sort of idea what a proteins and lipids are, for example. But it probably is not in terms of you furthering your understanding of cell membranes.

    Campbell is fine - get a used one from Amazon - 10th Edition.
  4. Apr 23, 2016 #3
    Yeah I'll definitely go for Campbell then.
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