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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.


The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

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Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.