Biomineralization Processes for Future Research
Research is very active in the biomineralization field. The key question of the control of biomineral formation is only partially solved. A breakthrough in this direction in any of the many thousand systems may therefore catapult this system to a top position of interest. Two biomineralization systems of high potential are the magnetotactic bacteria with the mineral magnitude used as compass needles and the glass sponges with 3 m long siliceous spicules.
KeywordsMagnetotactic Bacterium Biomineralization Process Enamel Formation Glass Sponge Mineral Magnetite
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