In this special issue of Mineralogical Magazine nine papers are presented that arose from the session ‘Minerals in Biological Systems’ at the Frontiers in Mineral Sciences conference organized by the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, the Mineralogical Society of America, the Mineralogical Association of Canada and Société Française de Minéralogie et de Cristallographie at Cambridge in June 2007. The aim of the session was to demonstrate the vital role, in more senses than one, that minerals play in a range of biological systems.

Most geoscientists recall those first- and second-year lectures on sedimentology and stratigraphy dealing with limestone....

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