Biology of Fibrous Composites: Development Beyond the Cell Membrane

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Cambridge University Press, 1993 - Science - 214 pages
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This book is the first devoted to this subject. It tackles a major unsolved problem in developmental biology - how does chemistry create architecture outside cells? Fibrous composites occur in all skeletal systems including plant cell walls, insect cuticles, moth eggshells, bone and cornea. They function like man-made fibreglass, with fibres set in a matrix. The underlying hypothesis of this book is that the fibres are orientated by self- assembly just outside the cells during a mobile liquid crystalline phase prior to stabilization
 

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Contents

The occurrence of fibrous composites
25
Properties of natural plywoods
85
making liquid crystalline
123
How is fibre orientation controlled?
147
Unifying themes
181
References
193
Index
211
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