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    Science News: Scientists Convert Protein Sequences Into Classical Music

    According to Science Daily Molecular Biologists have converted protein sequences Into Classical Music sequences.

    "We converted the sequence of proteins into music and can get an auditory signal for every protein," said Jeffrey H. Miller, distinguished professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics, and a member of UCLA's Molecular Biology Institute. "Every protein will have its unique auditory signature because every protein has a unique sequence. You can hear the sequence of the protein."

    "We assigned a chord to each amino acid," said Rie Takahashi, a UCLA research assistant and an award-winning, classically trained piano player. "We want to see if we can hear patterns within the music, as opposed to looking at the letters of an amino acid or protein sequence. We can listen to a protein, as opposed to just looking at it."

    The building blocks of proteins are linear sequences of 20 different amino acids. Assigning one note for each amino acid therefore results in a 20-note scale.

    "A 20-note scale is too large a range," Takahashi said. "You need a reduced scale, so we paired similar amino acids together and used chords and chord variations for each amino acid. We used each component of the music to indicate a specific characteristic of the protein. We are faithful in the conversion from the sequence to the music. The rhythm is dictated by the protein sequence."
    On the biologists' site you can listen to the compositions and even submit your own genetic sequence and have it translated to music. The browser allows anyone to send in a sequence coding for a protein, which will then be converted into music and returned as a MIDI audio file.

    Anyone going to send it their DNA?



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    Thumbs up Re: Science News: Scientists Convert Protein Sequences Into Classical Music

    Wow, man that's hip! We can not only do our acids but play them too. Like, farm out man, right arm and powder on the peephole, man. Hm, let's see ... DNA ... nope, not mine. We're just not in the mode.
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    Re: Science News: Scientists Convert Protein Sequences Into Classical Music

    I remember a similar project had taken place at Skidmore College a few years before I went there. The CDs were still on sale at the bookstore. It wasn't particularly good music though...

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    Musicians are just these guys that want to make music. Okay, they want to have a wonderful lifestyle, but the majority just want to make really great music. - Jon Anderson


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    Re: Science News: Scientists Convert Protein Sequences Into Classical Music

    I programmed a similar algorithm to play stock market data, but the only interesting sequences were when the market crashed. .

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    Re: Science News: Scientists Convert Protein Sequences Into Classical Music

    They all sound the same. Now i have that crazy tune stuck in my head. Hopefully they can use this to find a cure for something.

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