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Battle of the Biological Bands

Here's a question you probably never asked: If DNA could play keyboard, what would it sound like?

It might not be something you've thought about, but some people have. A blog over at Technology Review reports on Rie Takahashi's project to create music from proteins (each amino acid is a different chord). You can check out the post here or skip right to Takahashi's site for examples here.

Meanwhile, R. Mark Adams (you may remember him from Variagenics) has a site describing the Radio Free Genome project. The goal of it is to reveal "the hidden music locked up in DNA sequences," as he describes it. Different layers of DNA and protein sequence are assigned to different roles (melody, harmony, rhythm) to create the songs.

 

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