The textbook "Concepts in Biochemistry" by Dr. Rodney Boyer of the Hope College chemistry faculty has been published by Brooks/Cole Publishing Company of Pacific Grove, Calif.
Written with one-semester, college-level
biochemistry courses in mind, "Concepts in Biochemistry" was
released earlier this month.
The textbook is organized around the theme of
nucleic acids as central molecules of biochemistry, with
other biomolecules and biological processes treated as
direct or indirect products of the nucleic acids. The book
features a total of 19 chapters grouped within four general
sections: "Molecules and Life," "Dynamic Function of
Biomolecules," "Storage and Transfer of Biological
Information" and "Metabolism and Energy."
Boyer is the Drs. Edward A. and Elizabeth Hofma
Professor of Chemistry at Hope, where he has been a member
of the faculty since 1974. He teaches biochemistry courses,
and is also the author of another textbook "Modern
Experimental Biochemistry," which is currently in its second
His research interests include the metabolism of
iron and reactive forms of ribonucleic acid (RNA). His work
has been described in more than 35 scientific publications,
and has been supported by grants from organizations
including the American Cancer Society, the National
Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation
(NSF) and the Dreyfus Foundation. He has also directed the
research of more than 60 Hope students.