Crystal moulds

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EXQUISITE crystals created by nature can now be copied in the lab. Mike Whitcombe and his colleagues at the Institute of Food Research in Reading, Berkshire, engineered a polymer with cavities matching the shape of calcite. They embedded calcite crystals in a divinyl benzene polymer “like raisins in a pudding”, says Whitcombe. The crystal-shaped cavities in the polymer served as templates for growing more crystals. (Nature, vol 398,