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Photograph by Mayandi Sivaguru and Bruce W. Fouke taken as part of a collaborative Mayo Clinic and University of Illinois Alliance for Technology-Based healthcare research project on kidney stone genesis with John Lieske, M.D., Amy Krambeck, M.D., Nick Chia, Ph.D., and Jessica Saw, medical student at the Mayo Clinic School Medicine and Science.