cenchempics:

BLEEDING FOR YOUR ART

Microbiologist and artist Simon Park created these images of
crystallized vitamin C using a technique called differential interference
contrast microscopy. With this microscopy method, Park could see differences in
the thickness of the samples, represented by the different colors. In the top
two images, Park decided to put a piece of himself into his art, literally, by
adding a bit of his blood to the vitamin C solution. The proteins, DNA, and
other biological molecules in Park’s blood interfered with vitamin C’s crystal
growth and created solids significantly different from those made by a solution
of plain vitamin C, which are shown in the bottom two images. All images were
taken at 100×

magnification.

Credit: Simon Park

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