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The Chemistry of Health


Much of the science described in The Chemistry of Health has been funded
through U.S. tax dollars invested in biomedical research projects at universities.
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences, which funded most of these
research projects, is unique among the components of the National Institutes of
Health in that its main goal is to promote basic biomedical research that at first
may not be linked to any particular body part or disease. In time, however, these
scientific studies on the most fundamental of life’s processes — what goes on
inside and between cells — can shed light on important health issues, including
what causes certain diseases and how to treat them safely and effectively.
Written by Alison Davis under contract HHSN263200800496P
Produced by the Office of Communications and Public Liaison
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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On the Cover
1 Ocean
11 Lola Eniola-Adefeso, Scott Galvin
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2 Foxglove
12 Plant cells
3 Rainforest
13 Periodic table
4 Cone snail, Kerry Matz
14 Medications
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5 Blood vial
15 GFP froglet, Jonathan Slack
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6 Virginia Cornish, Virginia Cornish
16 Multi-well plate
7 Head scan
17 Nano rainbow, Shuming Nie
8 Adrenergic receptor
18 Hen egg lysozyme crystals, Alex McPherson
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9 Ram Sasisekharan, L. Barry Hetherington
19 Golden gene chips, Hao Yan, Yonggang Ke
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10 Tiny points of light, Sandra Rosenthal,
20 Plant cells
James McBride, Stephen Pennycook
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