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Biominerals and Homeostasis

  • Robert J. P. Williams

Abstract

There is a danger that the study of biominerals for their own interest as structural units or sensors will take us away from inspection of the fundamental relationship of these minerals to cell or organism integrated activities. In an effort to rectify this position I shall take the extreme view that many biominerals are devices for assisting chemical and physical homeostasis in cells, Fig.1. Clearly they are not part of reproduction.

Keywords

Random Coil Logarithmic Spiral Tension Cable Constant Shape Inorganic Crystal 
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    J.R. Wilcock, C.C. Perry, R.J.P. Williams and R.F.C. Mantoura, Proc. Roy. Soc. London 233B, 393–405, 1988Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. P. Williams
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  1. 1.Inorganic Chemistry LaboratoryUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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