Biomolecular Self-assembly and its Relevance in Silica Biomineralization

@article{Grger2007BiomolecularSA,
  title={Biomolecular Self-assembly and its Relevance in Silica Biomineralization},
  author={Christian J. Gr{\"o}ger and Katharina Lutz and Eike Brunner},
  journal={Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics},
  year={2007},
  volume={50},
  pages={23-39}
}
Biomineralization, which means the formation of inorganic materials by biological processes, currently finds increasing research interest. It involves the synthesis of calcium-based minerals such as bones and teeth in vertebrates, and of shells. Silica biomineralization occurs, for example, in diatoms and silica sponges. Usually, biominerals are made up of amorphous compounds or small microcrystalline domains embedded into an amorphous matrix. Nevertheless, they exhibit very regular shapes and… CONTINUE READING

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