Biominerals and Homeostasis

  • Robert J. P. Williams


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.


Random Coil Logarithmic Spiral Tension Cable Constant Shape Inorganic Crystal 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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