This volume represents the proceedings of an advanced study course held at Cambridge University, Sept 16-21, 1963. The meetings were made possible by financial support furnished by the Scientific Affairs Division of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The invited participants included an impressive array of talent in lipid chemistry drawn from the laboratories of Israel, Great Britain, the United States of America, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, Belgium, and Canada. Forty-seven papers were presented under six formal headings which included metabolism, absorption, physiological significance, lipids of the nervous system, lipids and proteins, and techniques. The papers are not comprehensive reviews, but rather strive to present what was, at the time of the meetings, the latest ideas of the speakers in the fields of their special activity.
It is evident that metabolism, to the authors, meant substantially biosynthesis, and there are excellent discussions of the biosynthesis of fatty acids by animal,