Biochemistry involves the study of chemical processes in cells and organisms, which may include metabolic pathways and the regulation of such pathways. Biochemistry may also focus on the study of enzymes that catalyze metabolic pathways. Because cell metabolism utilizes a complex interaction of enzymes and the molecules they act upon (called substrates), an understanding of metabolism is key to defining the cell itself. Disruption of metabolic pathways may result in metabolic diseases, either hereditary (genetic) changes or alterations that result from exposure to environmental factors. Since at the molecular level, cancer is the result of genetic and biochemical changes that take place in the cell, oncology can include the application of biochemistry in understanding the significance of these changes.
Here are entered works on the scientific discipline which studies the chemical substances and reactions that occur in biological systems or organisms. Use only if a narrower term does not apply (e.g., "Acid-base equilibrium (Biochemistry)," "Body composition" or "Metabolism"). [EPC]
Reference: Young, R. (2019). Biochemistry. Salem Press Encyclopedia of Science.