|Cnidarians biomineral in tissue engineering: a review|In: Marine Biotechnology. Springer-Verlag: New York. ISSN 1436-2228, more
Biomineralization is the process by which organisms precipitate minerals. Crystals formed in this way are exploited by the organisms for a variety of purposes, including mechanical support and protection of soft tissue. Skeletal precipitation, via millions of years of evolution, has produced a wide variety of architectural configurations and material properties. It is exactly these properties that now attract the attention of researchers searching for new materials for a variety of biomedical applications.