Bone structure: from angstroms to microns.

  title={Bone structure: from angstroms to microns.},
  author={Steve Weiner and Wesley A. Traub},
  journal={FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology},
  volume={6 3},
Bone has a complex hierarchical structure, which despite much investigation, is still not well understood. Here we bring together pieces of this complicated puzzle, albeit from different sources, to present a tentative overview of bone structure. The basic building blocks are the extremely small plate-shaped crystals of carbonate apatite, just hundreds of angstroms long and wide and some 20-30 A thick. They are arranged in parallel layers within the collagenous framework. At the next… CONTINUE READING