What Biogenic Minerals Tell Us

@article{Fortin2004WhatBM,
  title={What Biogenic Minerals Tell Us},
  author={D. Fortin},
  journal={Science},
  year={2004},
  volume={303},
  pages={1618 - 1619}
}
  • D. Fortin
  • Published 2004
  • Chemistry, Medicine
  • Science
Under the right conditions, living cells such as bacteria can create inorganic minerals. Several studies have shown that this biomineralization takes place at the cell wall or just inside cells. How and why these minerals are formed, however, is unclear. In her Perspective, Fortin discusses work reported by Chan et al. on the formation of iron oxides by bacteria in a flooded mineshaft. The researchers used a variety of x-ray spectroscopic tools to understand how polymers secreted by the… Expand

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