Control of Calcium Carbonate Nucleation and Crystal Growth by Soluble Matrx of Oyster Shell

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Science  19 Jun 1981:
Vol. 212, Issue 4501, pp. 1397-1398
DOI: 10.1126/science.212.4501.1397


A calcium-binding soluble protein extracted from oyster shell suppresses calcium carbonate nucleation and decreases the rate of crystal growth in vitro. These findings suggest that soluble matrix may regulate shell growth.