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Introduction to Molecular Biology

  • J. Stenesh


The term molecular biology came into use around the middle of the 20th century. In its broadest meaning, molecular biology comprises the study of a variety of biological processes at the molecular level. The physicochemical properties of cellular components and their functions in nerve-impulse conduction, vision, membrane transport, and molecular genetics constitute some of the topics of molecular biology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Stenesh
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  1. 1.Western Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA

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