Transamination

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The liver can make amino acids needed for the body through transamination.  

This involves transfering an amino group from an amino acid to an acid, creating a new amino acid.

This means there are only 8 essential amino acids needed in the diet as the body can create the other 12 using this process [1].

References

  1. Boyle M. (2008) Biology, 3rd edition, London: Collins. p242
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