Friday, 8 January 2010

How stuff works.

My last post got a bit technical and delved into the finer points of cell biochemistry. For those who would like to learn more about how cells work, I thoroughly recommend the book Metabolism at a Glance (Paperback) by Jack G Salway, Sen. Lecturer in Medical Biochemistry, University of Surrey. It's crammed with diagrams of metabolic pathways.

I also recommend the book Medical Biochemistry at a Glance (Paperback) by Jack G Salway.

For general information on nutrition and metabolism, I recommend the book Introduction to Nutrition and Metabolism (Paperback) by David A Bender, Sen. Lecturer in Biochemistry, UCL.

A great website for information on how the body works is

The best site for information on fat loss, muscle gain etc is

A good website for enzyme structures is

Here's a searchable version of Biochemistry, by L Stryer.
It's a bit dry, but of interest is:-
Food Intake and Starvation Induce Metabolic Changes and
Phosphatidate Is a Common Intermediate in the Synthesis of Phospholipids and Triacylglycerols.

Here's NCBI Bookshelf where you can search many textbooks.

Update: Here are some cool Animations and Computer-Generated Movies by Harvard University.

Here's a YouTube video of ATP Synthase, which takes a proton gradient and, using a molecular motor-generator, converts ADP + Phosphate into ATP, the energy source that cells use.

Happy reading and viewing!


Dr.A said...

I bought the Metabolism at a Glance book a couple of years ago.. very useful.

Dr. B G said...

Thank you for your reading suggestions! Very helpful for me! I've been perusing Dr. Horn's site this past week and indeed there are quite a lot of good gems.

Anonymous said...

Great info! Thanks a lot.

LynMarie Daye said...

Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology 11th Edition can be downloaded for free! It's a great text.

Nigel Kinbrum BSc(Hons)Eng said...

Hi LynMarie.

Thanks for that. I love free stuff. Firefox is having difficulties with that link. It's using up increasing amounts of memory until there's none left and I have to do a re-start. I'll try IE instead.