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The use of computer generated images of protein structures is a welcome feature in the chapter as they provide a clear representation of the actual 3D structure of the proteins discussed. The commentary about these images in the chapter ensures that the reader is not mislead by the simplicity of the diagrams and explains the more complex features of the protein. The variety of proteins displayed is interesting, as in conventional textbooks the diagrams are often of typical proteins, such as haemoglobin. (Laura Jacobs, 2nd year biomedical science student, Oxford Brookes University)

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Arthur M. Lesk is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of the highly successful Introduction to Bioinformatics, and Introduction to Genomics, both published by Oxford University Press.

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Undergrad Intro of Proteins 29 Sept. 2009
By D. N. Pham - Published on Amazon.com
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My class used this text in Spring 2006, and it was an excellent text for an introductory level Protein Structure and Function course. In Fall 2008, I took a graduate level course on the same subject, and this text was much better than the texts suggested by the professor. When paired with Petsko and Ringe's Protein Structure and Function book, it's an excellent reference for starting graduate students in the field.

(I had to buy another one because someone stole it! This has to say what a great reference/text it is for its ease of explaining complexity)
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Excellent Book 11 Aug. 2011
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Having read Lesk's book on Bioinformatics and finding it to be one of the better ones out there, I purchased this book because I wanted to understand more about proteins from the biological/chemical perspective. (I'm a Computer Scientist who has been working in the field of bioinformatics.) I found this book easy for me to read and understand, though I would caution that Computer Scientists with absolutely no Biology/Chemistry background may struggle with some of the material. But this book is better than 95% of the other books out there. I liked the way that the book takes the time to explain almost all the key terms that Biologists and Chemists tend to throw out there when they are describing macromolecules and the problem that they are interested in solving. The book has succeeded in giving me a better understanding of proteins!
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Don't buy this book. Just rent/borrow it. Not worth owning. 2 May 2013
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We used this textbook in a class I took called "Proteins and Enzymes". While some of the material covered in this book is useful and informative, a vast majority of the information is covered in more widely used textbooks, and in a much more accessible manor. The problems are often completely unrelated to the text, and instead of offering constructive problems covering the concepts described, most of the problems are either simple algebra problems or so easy/self explanatory that doing the problems is not worth the time. The text is dry, inaccessible, and contains a fair amount of typos. If you can avoid buying this book, I advise doing so. You will never go back and use this text as a reference, I guarantee it.
Five Stars 22 Feb. 2015
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very good!
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