Mineral deposits in tissues

  • D. W. L. Hukins
Part of the Topics in Molecular and Structural Biology book series (TMSB)


This chapter has two purposes. One is to provide background information on the minerals deposited in calcified tissues. The other is to summarise the techniques used to characterise them. An understanding of the range and scope of these techniques is essential for a critical evaluation of the material described in subsequent chapters. Furthermore, because of the complexity of many of the minerals, it is impossible to understand how their structures are defined without some appreciation of the techniques involved. Several techniques which are important subjects of current research are described in more detail in chapters devoted to them.


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