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Science. 1972 Nov 10;178(4061):619-21.

Silicon: an essential element for the chick.

Abstract

Silicon is required for normal growth and development in the chick when a low silicon diet is fed in a trace element controlled environment. Day-old deutectomized cockerels fed a purified amino acid diet showed significantly retarded growth and development within 2 to 3 weeks. Chicks fed the same diet plus a silicon supplement showed 50 percent higher growth and normal development. Silicon meets the criteria for an essential trace element.

PMID:
5086395
DOI:
10.1126/science.178.4061.619
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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