Scientists determine the structure of glass-shaping protein in sponges — ScienceDaily

Glass sponges — as the name suggests — have a glass-based skeleton composed of a network of glass needles, hooks, stars, and spheres. To achieve such a unique architecture they have to manipulate the shape of disordered glass to form highly regular and symmetrical elements. Thin crystalline fibers made of a protein, known as silicatein, […]