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The Manga Guide to Biochemistry (Manga Guides)

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The latest addition to No Starch Press's EduManga series, The Manga Guide to Biochemistry uses Japanese comics, clear explanations, and a charming storyline to explain the basics of biochemistry. This volume begins with a discussion of the cells that make up living beings, as well as the basics of protein synthesis, metabolism, energy production, and photosynthesis. It go

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Paperback, 253 pages
Published November 11th 2011 by No Starch Press (first published August 15th 2011)
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Griseo Mitran
May 08, 2016 Griseo Mitran rated it liked it
En parte la culpa es mía. Al igual que todos los años me hice la promesa de leer algo "de ciencias", algo de divulgación, en este año. Pero este año me daba tanta (TANTA) pereza que lo he ido postergando. Un día gracias a un retuit que vi en Twitter a cierta persona con perfil "de ciencias" descubrí esto, así que lo busqué y mira como divulgación sirve bastante bien.

El problema es que está plagado de los clásicos clichés sexistas japoneses que me cansan mucho (pero MUCHO), sumad a esto que me c
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Canesgalactica
Apr 04, 2016 Canesgalactica rated it really liked it
I've read the majority of the Manga Guide series and so far, this is one of the better ones as far as getting the basic mechanics of the subject matter across. My only complaints would be that the story is a bit sexist and the main character is a vapid little twit. Other complaints would be that while some things were explained exceptionally well, other concepts were just sort of glossed over. It also felt as though the author ran out of comic toward the end of the book and just wrote things out ...more
Juliana Cavalcanti
Nov 11, 2014 Juliana Cavalcanti rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Some of the basic mechanisms are not completely explained, while reactions, molecule names and more advanced details are tossed out without need, also unexplained. Maybe it could do better if it had focused on carefully explaining the basics and leaving the reader with references in case he wants to know more details.
Bill Leach
May 31, 2016 Bill Leach rated it liked it
A Manga story of two students and their professor provides a wrapper around an introduction to biochemistry. The young girl's concern with eating and getting fat is used to examine the processes of the body. A good read.
Melissa
Sep 26, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-nerd, graphic
Really wish I had this back when I was in college! Would have given it five stars were it not for the female character being a total flake who obsesseses over how fat she is in spite of being totally skinny. Bleh.
Katty
Decent for a basic introduction to biochemistry, but the elements of the story are vapid and irritating, particularly the sexist characterization. It's unfortunately because the concept is great, and it could be done so much better.
Spencer
Dec 28, 2013 Spencer rated it did not like it
I thought this was a clever, albeit silly, idea for a complicated subject. However, the biochemistry information was buried in this insane story. I found this book deeply sexist and annoying. I have no idea if the other Manga Guides are this bad, but I won't be trying any others.
Karina
Feb 19, 2016 Karina rated it it was ok
There was interesting information of biochemistry but the manga does have a distraction to what the topic was about. The explanation wasn't that clear.
Hom Sack
Jul 10, 2015 Hom Sack rated it it was amazing
This is a lively, informative, and entertaining introduction to the subject. I look forward to reading the other book on Molecular Biology in the series.
Heather
Jun 27, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it
Although the characters are a little silly, this is a great read. For someone who struggled with science classes, I found this book very helpful and entertaining and I wish I found it sooner.
Renata Ogusucu
Aug 02, 2013 Renata Ogusucu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muito bom para um primeiro contato com a disciplina, que normalmente é considerada complicada e intimidadora.
Steve
Jan 28, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
It is difficult for me as an interested laymen to vouch for the veracity of the book, but it sure is fun!
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