The production and elimination of urine from the body is very important because regulates the balance of water in the body, and also rids the body of waste substances that are produced during metabolic processes. Urine can also disclose evidence of diseases, and even pregnancy. Here my own urine has been carefully brought to the point of crystallization and then imaged using Differential Interference Microscopy (100x magnification) so that it becomes a window onto my own health and internal biochemistry.
Amino acids join together to make proteins and thus are the basic building blocks of life. Here five amino acids have been carefully crystallised and then viewed with a Differential Contrast Microscope at 100x magnification. Each one seems to crystallise into its own unique signature reflecting the different properties and characteristics of each compound. There a 20 common amino acids so 15 more to go!