Course Title Comparative Biochemistry
Course Level 400
Credit Unit 2

This course will introduce the students to the biochemical aspects of evolution; Origin of biomolecules and cells. Comparative aspects of metabolism in different groups of cells and organisms together with their implications will be taught. In addition the students will be taught comparative metabolism and excretion of nitrogen and purines in different cells and organisms; comparative distribution of nitrogen bases and phosphagens; comparative respiration in animals; respiratory pigments; comparative nutrition and digestion and applications of comparative biomolecules as biomarkers and forensic evidences. Finally, drug metabolism in different species and their implications will be taught.


At the end of this course, the students should be able to 

  1. Explain the origin of different biomolecules in different cells, tissues and organs

  2.  Explains the differences in metabolism of biomolecules in different groups of organisms and different cells of the same organism; the apparent cause of these differences and their implications for the organisms and the cells.

  3. .Explain the nutritional differences among different organisms and age related differences in nutritional requirement

  4. Identify how differences in metabolism can serve as basis for cell, tissue, organ and organism identification

  5. Explain the differences in drug metabolism in different species and their implication for therapeutic and toxicity.