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Sea Urchin Protein Provides Insights Into Self-Assembly of Skeletal Structures

Researchers from NYU Dentistry are investigating a protein found inside the spicules of a sea urchin embryo to understand what makes these proteins such efficient ‘brick organizers.’ Calcium carbonate, or CaCO3, comprises more than 4{3697ea7f2db31f692509c58222c2e169fe42d697f090cb10ad578c4c4844c838} of the earth’s crust. Its most common natural forms are chalk, limestone, and marble, produced by the sedimentation of the