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Bare Bones of Crystal Growth: Biomolecules Enhance Metal Contents in Calcite

October 31, 2008

earth and environment graphic A finding that a hydrophilic peptide significantly enhances the magnesium content of calcite is especially meaningful for geologists because Mg-content in carbonates is used as a "paleo thermometer." The findings also offer new insights for materials synthesis. Full Story

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