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I would suggest something like "The Selfish Gene" by Richard Dawkins. It covers many examples or organisms and how their behaviour at a molecular level is ultimately selfish in order to ensure survival by passing their genes, which is perhaps the most important biological function of any living organism. However, as pointed in comments below, this book ...


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The Campbell Biology is a good very introductory book to biology. However, it is popular book but a very standard text book. I am not aware of any popular and introductory book that are broad enough to encompass all of biology. I would suggest that you get the campbell and in parallel you can follow free online courseware. There are lots of them. Starting ...


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Where I studied, every undergrad read Campbell Biology. You can start it as a non-specialist but you will not be one at the end..


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Check this out. This resource lists organic cofactors and the associated enzymes. See the wikipedia page also. Many metals also serve as prosthetic groups in enzymes. They include- Magnesium, Manganese, Iron, Cobalt, Nickel, Copper, Zinc, Molybdenum. FeS clusters are also an important part in many important enzymes in mitochondria and plastids.


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Cofactor: coenzymes are organic molecules that are required by certain enzymes to carry out catalysis. Database: CoFactor - The organic enzyme cofactor database of EBI Examples:


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There is one book that will perfectly suits your needs: A biologist's guide to Mathematical Modeling in Ecology and Evolution, by Sally Otto It is a very good book that is very easy to understand and in the meantime goes pretty far (It ends with the use of diffusion equation in Evolutionary Biology). I highly recommend it. It covers: How to create a ...


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In human cells it takes about 20 s to make a 20,000 dalton enzyme. Assuming that the cells concerned are already making mRNA for the enzyme, there will be two main factors: (1) The time taken to synthesize the polypeptide (2) Any time taken to fold the protein (If the enzyme is secreted from the cell there will also be the time taken for the protein to ...



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