Navigation Links
A research work on molluscs nacre opens new doors for its possible use in biomedicine
Date:2/12/2009

This release is available in French and Spanish.

Researchers from the University of Granada, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the University of Aveiro (Portugal) have studied for the first time nacre's growing mechanism of gastropods, a previous step for the artificial reproduction of this material in laboratories which could make possible its use in biomedicine, with applications such as the regeneration of human bones.

This pioneer new work has been recently published in the renowned journal PNAS, and its authors are Antonio Checa, Professor of the department of Stratigraphy and Paleontology of the University of Granada; Julyan Cartwright, researcher of the Andalusian Institute of Earth Sciences (CSIC-UGR), and Marc-Georg Willinger (University of Aveiro, Portugal).

Many molluscs present an iridiscent nacre layer on the internal surface of their shells, which lends them an enormous strength against fractures. Oddly, although molluscs have been producing nacre for million years, men had not been able to reproduce it artificially. Apart from their beauty this is the material pearls are made of-, scientists have also done research into nacre due to its biomedical applications and its excellent biomechanic properties. If it was possible to reproduce this natural compost in an artificial way, it would have multiple and relevant applications.

Gastropods' nacre

The authors of the work have analysed gastropods' nacre in detail (pleurotomariidae, turbos, trochus, abalones and others). Such nacre grows forming block towers, as piles of coins, unlike bivalves (nuculas, mussels, nacras, pearl oysters), which grow just like terraces of tablets. Nacr
'/>"/>

Contact: Antonio Checa
acheca@ugr.es
34-958-243-201
Universidad de Granada
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Merck and AAAS announce 2009 winners of outstanding undergraduate research programs
2. Basic research critical to Americas economic recovery
3. Toothsome research: Deducing the diet of a prehistoric hominid
4. Van Andel Research Institute and TGen undertake alliance to promote science and health
5. March of Dimes provides $2.7 million in new funding for preterm birth research
6. Biodiversity itself begets a species cascade, researchers say
7. U of Minnesota research finds most road salt is making it into the states lakes and rivers
8. NYU Langone Medical Center researchers find micro RNA plays a key role in melanoma metastasis
9. While focusing on heart disease, researchers discover new tactic against fatal muscular dystrophy
10. NSF-funded workshops help young researchers teach science
11. Internationally acclaimed researcher joins UH faculty thanks to $5.5 million grant
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
A research work on molluscs nacre opens new doors for its possible use in biomedicine
(Date:7/31/2015)... SHENZHEN, China , 31. Juli 2015 Die ... ) wird von BGI veranstaltet und findet vom ... Shenzhen, China , statt. ... Jubiläum. Seit ihrem Start 2006 ist die ICG ... Bereich „omik" geworden. Sie ist eines der dynamischsten, ...
(Date:7/31/2015)... China , July 31, 2015 The 10 ... will be held by BGI from October 22-25, 2015, in ... The conference is celebrating its 10 th anniversary ... one of the world,s most influential annual meetings in the ... and enjoyable scientific gatherings. ICG-10 focuses on ...
(Date:7/27/2015)... Calif. , July 27, 2015  Synaptics ... of human interface solutions, today announced that Huawei ... touchscreen solution for its stylish smartwatch. Huawei ... its proven reliability, low power and highly responsive ... wet finger. Huawei designers also required a classic ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Die 10. internationale Konferenz zu Genomik (ICG-10) beginnt im Oktober 2Die 10. internationale Konferenz zu Genomik (ICG-10) beginnt im Oktober 3The 10th International Conference on Genomics (ICG-10) to Open in October 2Synaptics Touchscreen Solution Powers New Huawei Watch 2Synaptics Touchscreen Solution Powers New Huawei Watch 3
... Institute of Food Research, which is strategically funded ... proteins that destroy bacterial cells to combat potentially ... specifically target certain bacteria, and IFR has been ... a common and dangerous source of hospital-acquired infections. ...
... to the puzzle of scaling how patterns stay in ... develops. In a new study appearing in Current Biology, Institute ... Danny Ben-Zvi of the Molecular Genetics Department have shown how ... the vein structure stays perfectly proportioned and their findings ...
... Male adult helminthomorph millipedes usually have one or ... into sexual appendages. These specialized gonopods are used as ... transfer sperm. New research published in BioMed Central,s open ... in detail at millipede development and the internal reorganization ...
Cached Biology News:Tuning natural antimicrobials to improve their effectiveness at battling superbugs 2Scale models 2The secret life of millipedes 2
(Date:7/30/2015)... KANSAS CITY, Kan. , July 30, 2015 ... PETX ), a pet therapeutics company focused on ... products for companion animals, today announced that its ... results from a dose confirmation study of AT-016, ... to Aratana for the treatment of osteoarthritis pain ...
(Date:7/30/2015)... 2015  Discovery Laboratories, Inc. (Nasdaq: DSCO ... second $1.0M tranche under a previously awarded Phase ... at up to $3.0 million to support continued ... a potential medical countermeasure to mitigate acute and ... an initial $1.0 million under this grant in ...
(Date:7/29/2015)... BANGALORE , July 30, 2015 ... Cell Market - Growth, Trends & Forecasts (2015-2020), , published ... worth US$ 30.25 billion by the end of 2020, with ... globally accounting for more than 40% of the global market ... grow at a CAGR of 13.7% during the period of ...
(Date:7/29/2015)... FRANCISCO , July 29, 2015  AsureQuality ... mobile molecular testing for applications in food and ... hand-held, battery powered real-time PCR device, the Freedom4. ... farm right through to the supermarket shelf for ... This includes involvement in animal disease control and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Aratana Therapeutics Announces Positive Pilot Field Study for AT-016 2Aratana Therapeutics Announces Positive Pilot Field Study for AT-016 3Aratana Therapeutics Announces Positive Pilot Field Study for AT-016 4Aratana Therapeutics Announces Positive Pilot Field Study for AT-016 5Discovery Labs Receives $1.0 million under an SBIR Grant in Continuing Support of the Development of Aerosolized KL4 Surfactant to Address Radiation-Induced Lung Injury 2Discovery Labs Receives $1.0 million under an SBIR Grant in Continuing Support of the Development of Aerosolized KL4 Surfactant to Address Radiation-Induced Lung Injury 3Asia Pacific to Dominate the Global Stem Cell Market - Vericel Corporation, Ocata Therpeutics, Athersys Inc., Cryo-Cell International, Geron Corporation, StemCells, Inc. Among the Major Players 2Asia Pacific to Dominate the Global Stem Cell Market - Vericel Corporation, Ocata Therpeutics, Athersys Inc., Cryo-Cell International, Geron Corporation, StemCells, Inc. Among the Major Players 3AsureQuality and Ubiquitome Partner on Applications for Mobile Molecular Food Safety Testing 2
... SHANGHAI , July 7 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ ... and distributor of probiotics products in China , today provides,further updates ... , , ... the quarter ended at June,30, 2010 and the total number ...
... July 7 Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report ... , ... , , ... , , ...
... with VIB (Flanders Institute for Biotechnology) and Ghent ... an important protective role in diseases associated with ... promising therapeutic target for the development of new ... , Inflammation is a normal protective reaction against ...
Cached Biology Technology:China-Biotics Provides Further Updates on Qingpu New Facility 2China-Biotics Provides Further Updates on Qingpu New Facility 3Building Biotech Technology Transfer Opportunities: Sponsor and Developer Strategies for Success 2Building Biotech Technology Transfer Opportunities: Sponsor and Developer Strategies for Success 3Building Biotech Technology Transfer Opportunities: Sponsor and Developer Strategies for Success 4Building Biotech Technology Transfer Opportunities: Sponsor and Developer Strategies for Success 5Building Biotech Technology Transfer Opportunities: Sponsor and Developer Strategies for Success 6Building Biotech Technology Transfer Opportunities: Sponsor and Developer Strategies for Success 7Building Biotech Technology Transfer Opportunities: Sponsor and Developer Strategies for Success 8Building Biotech Technology Transfer Opportunities: Sponsor and Developer Strategies for Success 9Building Biotech Technology Transfer Opportunities: Sponsor and Developer Strategies for Success 10First step to new therapy for chronic bowel disease 2
SHEEP ANTI FLECAINIDE...
ANTI PIG LDH H4...
RAT ANTI MOUSE F4/80 ANTIGEN:BIOTIN Immunogen: Thioglycollate stimulated peritoneal macrophages from C57/BL mice...
... ideal for use in refrigerators, freezers, or liquid nitrogen. ... colors allow for color coding to project, user, lab, ... or promote cool air circulation. Supplied with 10 x ... Box dimensions: 13 x 13 x 5.1 ...
Biology Products: