Journal of Biosciences

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 357–363

Calcium — how and why?

  • J. K. Jaiswal

DOI: 10.1007/BF02703745

Cite this article as:
Jaiswal, J.K. J Biosci (2001) 26: 357. doi:10.1007/BF02703745


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.


Calcium chemistry evolution messenger 

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© Indian Academy of Sciences 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. K. Jaiswal
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Molecular Reproduction, Development and GeneticsIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Laboratory of Cellular BiophysicsThe Rockefeller UniversityNew YorkUSA

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