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A. INTRODUCTION

Biochemistry is the chemistry of biological systems. The practical component of biochemistry is aimed at developing your interest in and understanding modern biochemical and molecular biological experimentation. The techniques learnt in the biochemistry lab will be applicable to all life sciences.

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY INCLUDE:

(1) Learning the theory behind the techniques and biochemical pathways
(2) Learning the physical skills and techniques of modern experimental biochemistry
(3) Learning how to THINK SCIENTIFICALLY and INDEPENDENTLY and mastering routine calculations.

You are assisted in meeting these objectives by the following:
a. Each experiment is preceded by a short introduction designed to familiarize you with the theory and techniques underlying the lab.
b. The experiment is followed by a set of additional exercises and references that allow you to develop further understanding of the particular method, technique and theory of the lab.
c. The laboratory session often follows a lecture that covers the principle of the lab.

The experiments have all been tested thoroughly and tried by hundreds of students who have been successful. The experiments have been designed so that they can be completed within the allocated time with enough time to wash all glassware, submit data sheets and clear the bench tops.
Your success in these lab sessions will depend on your ability to understand the experimental procedures and organize yourself so that you make efficient use of your time. IT IS THEREFORE IMPERATIVE THAT YOU READ AND FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE PROTOCOL BEFORE YOU ENTER THE LAB.

SAFETY GUIDELINES

The laboratory can be a potentially hazardous place if you are not careful. Some of the chemicals used are very dangerous and care must be taken when handling them. Broken glassware (due to student carelessness) is a potential hazard as flying pieces can come



References: e.g. In an earlier study (Smith et al. 1982) ..... CITING REFERENCES IN A BIBLIOGRAPHY:

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