Diatoms


Diatoms from Wikipedia

Yesterday Richard Gordon has made a wonderful lecture about diatoms (Embryo Physics Course).  A few statements from his paper The Glass Menagerie: diatoms for novel applications in nanotechnology, Trends in Biotechnology, v. 27, N 2, 2009, pp 116-127 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tibtech.2008.11.003).

  • Diatom studies are the classic example of the gentleman amateur scientist;
  • Diatoms could be used for drug delivery;
  • In basic research, diatoms are likely to contribute to the solution of one of the major unsolved biological problems: how the genome is involved in creation of form, and how form evolves..

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