chapter  5
Biochemistry and Biophysics
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Biochemistry and biophysics have been grouped together in this chapter. Biochemistry is ‘‘the study of the chemistry of living organisms, especially the structure and function of their chemical components,’’ while biophysics is ‘‘the study of physical aspects of biology’’ (Oxford Dictionary of Biology, 4th ed., 2000). Both are integral parts of biology, and their interdisciplinary relationship with basic biological sciences often blurs subject area lines. Frequently, the materials and literature for one discipline will satisfy the demands or questions posed by the other.