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NIGMS Publishes Science Booklets

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has recently published three new science education booklets: The Chemistry of Health, The Structures of Life, and Genetic Basics. They are geared toward an advanced high school or early college-level audience and include questions testing comprehension at the end of each chapter.

The Chemistry of Health (66 pages) describes how basic chemistry and biochemistry research can encourage a better understanding of human health. The booklet also features interviews with a number of chemists and biochemists.

The Structures of Life (60 pages) focuses on structural biology. The booklet contains a general introduction to proteins, a chapter each on X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and a chapter on structure-based drug design. It also features "Student Snapshots" designed to inspire young people to consider careers in biomedical research.

Genetic Basics (68 pages) includes descriptions of how genes work, "strange but true" exceptions to the rules of genetics, why basic research is important and worthwhile, some of the connections between genes and diseases, and the excitement of genetics research in the 21st century.

All three publications can be found on the NIGMS web site. Single, free copies of these publications are also available by calling 496-7301 or emailing

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