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Title Chemical keys to an understanding of life processes
Subject Biochemistry ; Nucleic acids; Proteins
Description Twenty Second Annual Frederick William Reynolds Lecture.
Creator Smith, Emil L., 1911-
Publisher Extension Division, University of Utah
Date 1958-01-13
Date Digital 2008-05-29
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Source LD5526.U8 n.s. v.49 no.11
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "Chemical keys to an understanding of life processes," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
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Description CHEMICAL KEYS TO AN UNDERSTANDING OF LIFE PROCESSES By Emil L. Smith I I am deeply appreciative of the honor and responsibility of being asked to deliver the annual Reynolds Lecture. This task has been accepted in the feeling that I have the opportunity to act as a spokesman for my fellow biochemists in presenting some of the aspects of modern biochemical research which are helping to give a deeper understanding of the nature of life itself. The importance of Biochemistry resides in the recognition that every form of biological activity in living cells results from some underlying chemical process or processes. It is this concept which makes the activities of the biochemist so widespread and so important in many different types of endeavors. The biochemist utilizes all the tools and information derived by chemists and physicists in their studies of inanimate matter and applies these methods to the investigation of the myriad processes which occur in the living cell. In the broadest sense, Biochemistry is concerned with three types of problems: first, with the chemical components of living cells, second, with the nature and mechanism of the chemical reactions in which these components participate and third, with the physiological and biological manifestations of these chemical processes. II Developments of modern Biology have brought new information which has enriched our understanding of the evolutionary relationships of living organisms, of the anatomical structure of cells and tissues, of the mode of inheritance of genetic factors, and of many of the over-all functions of organs and tissues. If all biological activity has, at its root, some fundamental chemical basis, it is evident that the methods of Biology cannot by themselves give a precise understanding of these phenomena. A deeper insight into these biological processes and relationships can be achieved only by the experimental methods of Biochemistry and Biophysics. In some ways, the present stage of our knowledge of living cells is analogous to the development of nuclear physics at the turn of the century when a first understanding of the structure of the atom was obtained, aided by the dis- 5
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Source Original Manuscript: Chemical keys to an understanding of life processes by Emil L. Smith.
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