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Mineralization of metre-long biosilica structures unravelled

20.12.2010

A new study in the international journal Nature Chemistry, with participation of Prof. Wörheide, discovered that the anchoring spicules from the metre-long stalk of the glass rope sponge (Hyalonema sieboldi) is templated by a novel hydroxylated fibrillar collagen, which enables its exceptional mechanical properties, i.e. its flexibility.

www.nature.com/nchem/journal/v2/n12/full/nchem.899.html