PerspectiveBiochemistry

The Molecular Basis of Nacre Formation

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Science  11 Sep 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5946, pp. 1351-1352
DOI: 10.1126/science.1177055

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  1. Microstructure and optical appearance of nacre.

    (A) SEM of a fractured part of a mollusk shell. The part of the structure below the dotted line is nacre, and that above the line is prismatic calcite. (B) The nacreous layer of the inside face of a mollusk shell.

    CREDIT: PANEL A, M. FRITZ/UNIVERSITY OF BREMEN, GERMANY; PANEL B, P. GILBERT, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN–MADISON, USA