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What are the links between organic chemistry and biochemistry

  1. May 26, 2009 #1
    and why is biochemistry important in medicine?

    I kind of know why, but i cant find that much information so im stuck and i need a bit of help if anyone could help me?

    Ive read that organic chemistry serves as a basis of biochemistry and biochemistry is the study of chemical processes in biological systems or something does that mean organic chemistry helps indentify the drug or whatever and biochemistry helps understand how the body would react to that specific drug?

    Does that even make sense? it makes sense in my head x)
    So yeah help would be nice lol.:smile:
     
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  3. May 27, 2009 #2

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    Don't know where to even start but don't even think you can study medicine without sound preparation in chemistry, preferably also at school before college, you will be very unhappy if you do and have trouble understanding biochemistry (and metabolism, nutrition, physiology, genetics, all sorts of pathology, etc.). That is true today and will be more true tomorrow.
     
  4. May 27, 2009 #3

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    Your description in #1 is a strong start in answering your own question.

    Organic Chemistry = compounds of carbon.
    Biochemistry = chemistry of life processes and compounds, all or nearly all of such compounds being organic. Note also the topic of Inorganic Biochemistry; do you know what hemoglobin is? Chlorophyl? Big organic ligands complexed to a metal ion.
     
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  5. May 28, 2009 #4
    thanks!
    it was for an assignment but i finally finished it and i think its good :P and my chemistry course is nearly over besides next year sciences arent compulsory, so im definetly not doing that so yay hehe.
     
  6. May 28, 2009 #5

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    What were you really expected to do instead of ask the assigned question on an internet forum? Maybe epenguin and I should have asked you how you found your question. Without knowing how this question occurred, readers may simply believe that you were only curious, but not that the original question was an assignment.
     
  7. May 28, 2009 #6
    Actually the assignment was to choose a subtopic of organic chemistry or something like that so i chose to do a report on the importance of organic chemistry in medicine, and i was going to talk about how it is important to understand organic chemistry beucase it helps you understand biochemistry and stuff and i had already written information done but i wasn't sure if it was enough so yeah, but i handed in the assignment before i got any replies anyway.
     
  8. May 28, 2009 #7

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    You seem to have handled your idea fairly well. Your impression of the relation among the three fields is good. One should learn some Organic Chemistry because it is needed for styding Biochemistry; knowledge of Biochemistry is useful/important in studying Medicine. Some of this may seem unclear to a high school student.

    In the old days, one would look for information from encyclopedias, dictionaries, and various scientific textbooks to find how information from various fields are related; today, we can also search for information on an internet with internet search engines. You do not need to depend on getting responses on an internet forum, at least for the question which you asked in this topic. (note, I assumed you are a high school student - possibly an incorrect assumption)
     
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