Basic Requirements for Calcification


THE chief product of calcification in bone is usually considered to be a variant of hydroxyapatite, Ca10 (PO4)6 (OH)2 (ref. 1), the unit cell of the crystal lattice containing all eighteen ions of the formula. A tacit assumption is made that the two OH− ions come from the water in the calcifying solution. Because the equilibrium constant for water (Kw) is… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/2211247a0


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