Article Correctness Is Author's Responsibility: Scientists discover how proteins form crystals that tile a microbe’s shell

(DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory) Many microbes wear beautifully patterned crystalline shells, which protect them from a harsh world and can even help them reel in food. Now scientists have zoomed in on the very first step in microbial shell-building: nucleation, where squiggly proteins crystallize into sturdy building blocks. What they found helps explain how the shells assemble themselves so quickly.