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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

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Cosmic kidney stones
Microscope Zeiss Axiozoom V16 Scope

Image provided by Jim Bruce, Joe Weber, Sheila Egan, Yiran Dong, and Bruce Fouke, Bruce Fouke Lab
Research funded by the Mayo Illinois Alliance for Technology Based Healthcare

Human kidney stones exhibit a wide variety of shapes and forms, from rounded grape-like clusters to sharp and jagged glass-like shards. A collection of stones from different individuals demonstrates this great diversity of form.