Calcium — how and why?
- J. K. JaiswalAffiliated withDepartment of Molecular Reproduction, Development and Genetics, Indian Institute of Science
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Calcium is among the most commonly used ions, in a multitude of biological functions, so much so that it is impossible to imagine life without calcium. In this article I have attempted to address the question as to how calcium has achieved this status with a brief mention of the history of calcium research in biology. It appears that during the origin and early evolution of life the Ca2+ ion was given a unique opportunity to be used in several biological processes because of its unusual physical and chemical properties.
KeywordsCalcium chemistry evolution messenger
- Calcium — how and why?
Journal of Biosciences
Volume 26, Issue 3 , pp 357-363
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- 1. Department of Molecular Reproduction, Development and Genetics, Indian Institute of Science, 560 012, Bangalore, India