1: Carbohydrates: Why life is sweet
2: Lipids and Proteins: the building blocks of a cell
3: Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids: Biology's information stores
4: Metabolism: Transforming energy and biomolecules
5: Maintaining a Metabolic Balance
6: Solving Tomorrow's Problems with Natural Products
7: Solving Tomorrow's Problems: Bioenergy and the environment
Written primarily for 16-19 year old students, this primer aims to extend students' knowledge and inspire them to take their school-level learning further. It explores topics that are familiar from the curriculum and also introduces new ideas, giving students a first taste of the study of biology beyond school-level and demonstrating how concepts frequently encountered at school are relevant to and applied in current research. This is the ideal text to supportstudents who are considering making the transition from studying biology at school to university. This is a concise, stimulating introduction to the fundamental biomolecules in cells and organisms, and the exciting ways biochemistry could be used to solve global problems, both now and in the future.