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[Perspectives] Patterns to grow bone

On walking into the small room in the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow, a viewer’s first thought might be of the Giant’s Causeway—the monumental, hexagonal columns of basalt in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Without an idea of scale, the collection of sketches, etchings, and photographs could represent these colossal structures; but instead they reveal information about a material many orders of magnitude smaller.