Background: Instructions to fabricate mineralized structures with distinct nanoscale architectures, such as seashells and coral and vertebrate skeletons, are encoded in the genomes of a wide variety of animals. In mollusks, the mantle is responsible for the extracellular production of the shell, directing the ordered biomineralization of CaCO3 and the deposition of architectural and color patterns. The evolutionary origins of the ability to synthesize calcified structures across various metaz...Expand abstract
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Citation: Jackson, D. J. et al. (2006). 'A rapidly evolving secretome builds and patterns a sea shell', BMC Biology, 4:40. [Available at http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7007/4/40]
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A rapidly evolving secretome builds and patterns a sea shell
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