Biochemistry is the branch of science that explores the chemical processes that take place inside all living things, from bacteria to plants and animals. It is a laboratory based science that brings together biology and chemistry, by using chemical knowledge and techniques to help understand and solve biological problems.
Biochemists play an important role in contributing to advances in a wide variety of areas, including health, agriculture and the environment. Progress in the biochemical understanding of disease and complex molecular structures has led to medical applications including the screening of unborn babies for disease, investigation of possible cures for illnesses such as cancer and AIDS, and the formulation of new and improved medicines. Find out more.