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Translating Biochemistry Concepts into Cartoons and Graphic Narratives: Potential and Pitfalls

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CNC—Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, CIBB, Rua Larga, University of Coimbra, 3004-504 Coimbra, Portugal
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PhD Programme in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine (PDBEB), IIIUC—Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Coimbra, 3030-789 Coimbra, Portugal
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IIIUC—Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Coimbra, 3030-789 Coimbra, Portugal
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DCV—Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, Calçada Martim de Freitas, 3000-456 Coimbra, Portugal
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Academic Editor: Buyong Ma
Received: 24 November 2021 / Revised: 28 February 2022 / Accepted: 9 March 2022 / Published: 17 March 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from XXI SPB National Congress of Biochemistry 2021)
Simple biochemical concepts can be hard to grasp by non-specialists, even when they are related to practical contexts in industry, day-to-day activities, or well-acknowledged pathological conditions. This is especially important in instances where accurate communication of biochemical aspects for different types of stakeholders may be crucial. Examples include interacting with policymakers to establish guidelines, with patients (and/or caregivers) to identify key concepts in promoting awareness and adherence to therapeutic regimens, or with teachers and students for novel approaches in critical thinking. Focusing on our own work in developing communication tools for different purposes, in this review we will focus on some examples of how biochemical concepts can be effectively translated into illustrations and graphical narratives. For this purpose, engagement with target audiences in developing the materials themselves is key. We also discuss how specific projects can be tailored for different purposes, as well as evidence that comic-book strategies are effective in conveying biochemical and biomedical knowledge. View Full-Text
Keywords: metabolism; comics; biomedical knowledge; health communication; science communication metabolism; comics; biomedical knowledge; health communication; science communication
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Alemany-Pagès, M.; Tavares, R.; Azul, A.M.; Ramalho-Santos, J. Translating Biochemistry Concepts into Cartoons and Graphic Narratives: Potential and Pitfalls. BioChem 2022, 2, 104-114. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/biochem2010008

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Alemany-Pagès M, Tavares R, Azul AM, Ramalho-Santos J. Translating Biochemistry Concepts into Cartoons and Graphic Narratives: Potential and Pitfalls. BioChem. 2022; 2(1):104-114. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/biochem2010008

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Alemany-Pagès, Mireia, Rui Tavares, Anabela M. Azul, and João Ramalho-Santos. 2022. "Translating Biochemistry Concepts into Cartoons and Graphic Narratives: Potential and Pitfalls" BioChem 2, no. 1: 104-114. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/biochem2010008

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