Molecular modifiers reveal a mechanism of pathological crystal growth inhibition

@article{Chung2016MolecularMR,
  title={Molecular modifiers reveal a mechanism of pathological crystal growth inhibition},
  author={Jihae Chung and Ignacio Granja and Michael G. Taylor and Giannis Mpourmpakis and John R. Asplin and Jeffrey D. Rimer},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2016},
  volume={536},
  pages={446-450}
}
Crystalline materials are crucial to the function of living organisms, in the shells of molluscs, the matrix of bone, the teeth of sea urchins, and the exoskeletons of coccoliths. However, pathological biomineralization can be an undesirable crystallization process associated with human diseases. The crystal growth of biogenic, natural and synthetic materials may be regulated by the action of modifiers, most commonly inhibitors, which range from small ions and molecules to large macromolecules… 
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