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Whatís it all about: Biochemists study the chemicals that are combined in plants and animals. Sometimes they look at how the materials in living cells are affected by changes in the environment. By understanding the chemicals in these living matters, biochemists help people live healthier lives and farmers grow better crops. Most biochemists use the powerful electron microscope to magnify tiny particles. Some biochemists work on designing and trying to create new types of plants and chemicals. They may investigate the causes and cures of diseases; as well as, experimenting with changing the structure of living cells to create artificial chemicals that will treat disease and infection. They may study nutrition and the effects it has on a personís ability to learn and remain healthy. Biochemists try to discover new ways of growing crops, storing them, and keeping them free from disease.

Study for success: mathematics, physical sciences, physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, communications; minimum of a bachelorís degree (major in biochemistry or chemistry or a major in biology and a minor in chemistry); advanced positions require a masterís degree and/or doctorate.

Discover more: For more information write to:

American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

9650 Rockville Pike

Bethesda, MD 20814

Related jobs: chemical engineers, agricultural scientists, biological scientists, chemical technicians, and physical and life scientists.

For more information contact:

Paulette Howell

Career Development

Auburn Career Center

(440) 357-7542, ext. 239


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