Control of Macromolecule Distribution within Synthetic and Biogenic Single Calcite Crystals

@inproceedings{Aizenberg1997ControlOM,
  title={Control of Macromolecule Distribution within Synthetic and Biogenic Single Calcite Crystals},
  author={Joanna Aizenberg and Jonathan C Hanson and Thomas F. Koetzle and Steve Weiner and Lia Addadi},
  year={1997}
}
The ability of organisms to exercise control over crystal growth is wonderfully exemplified by skeleton formation in echinoderms. A sea urchin spine is a unique composite of a single crystal of calcite and glycoproteins intercalated inside the crystal during its growth. Here we performed a detailed morphological and high-resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction study of the textures of synthetic and biogenic calcite crystals. We show that the intracrystalline macromolecules from sea urchin… CONTINUE READING

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