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# Calcium - how and why?

Jaiswal, JK (2001) Calcium - how and why? In: Journal of Biosciences, 26 (3). pp. 357-363.

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## Abstract

Calcium is among the most commonly used ions, in a multitude of biological functions, so much so that it is impossible to imagine life without calcium. In this article I have attempted to address the question as to how calcium has achieved this status with a brief mention of the history of calcium research in biology. It appears that during the origin and early evolution of life the $Ca^{\mathrm{2+}}$ ion was given a unique opportunity to be used in several biological processes because of its unusual physical and chemical properties.

Item Type: Journal Article Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences. Calcium;chemistry;evolution;messenger Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Reproduction, Development & Genetics (formed by the merger of DBGL and CRBME) 16 Sep 2004 19 Sep 2010 04:16 http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/1924

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