The birth of modern biochemistry can be traced to the end of the 19th century, when chemists discovered that cell extracts of brewer’s yeast contained everything necessary for alcoholic fermentation. Breaking open cells and using their components in laboratory experiments continued for most of the 20th century. These advances included identifying the structure and function of: nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. In the 1970s, techniques were developed to manipulate DNA. An example of an experimental approach known as recombinant DNA technology, paved the way for major advances in treating disease. The explosion of discoveries in the biochemical sciences has continued with the realization that human cells can be used to create stem cells to edit specific genes. Join us for this presentation to hear more examples of how biochemistry works in our everyday lives and why it matters!
Presenter: Roger L. Miesfeld, PhD. Distinguished Professor and Department Head, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Arizona