Mineralization of Rat Enamel


THE initial stages of the mineralization of tooth enamel have been studied using electron microscopical techniques applied to ultra-thin sections of developing molars and incisors of 1–10-day-old white rats (Rattus norvegicus). The specimens were fixed in either Palade's1 or Dalton's2 fixative, embedded in ‘Araldite’ and cut without demineralization using a diamond knife.

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FEARNHEAD, R. Mineralization of Rat Enamel. Nature 188, 509–510 (1960). https://doi.org/10.1038/188509a0

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