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Coated Nanofibers Copy What's Bred in the Bone

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Science  23 Nov 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5547, pp. 1635-1637
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5547.1635a

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On page 1684, materials scientists report creating a self-assembling material, made from organic molecules with a mineral coat, that closely mimics bone. The feat opens the door to making a synthetic replacement for bone. And because the chemistry of the self-assembling molecules is simple to change, it also gives researchers a general strategy for forming a wide array of organic-inorganic fibers.