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Molecular Medicine

Chapter:
Nomenclature
Author(s):

Harriet S. Meyer

Naming things is essential for people to understandone another, no matter what language or field ofinterest is involved. This is as true for enzymes, genesand chemicals as it is for birds, food, flowers, etc.   Keith Tipton and Sinéad Boyce(p34)Molecules and their interactions underlie every area of medicine. Many classes of molecules are described according to rules or conventions, some of which are covered in other sections of this chapter. The Joint Commission on Biochemical Nomenclature (JCBN) formulates nomenclature policy for classes of biochemicals; see http://www.chem.qmul.ac.uk/iupac/jcbn/index.html#1. (JCBN enzyme nomenclature is described in , Enzyme Nomenclature.) The National Center for Biotechnology Information (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/)

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