Gil Alterovitz, a research fellow at Harvard Medical School, has used proteomic data and mathematical modeling to develop a computer program that translates protein and gene expression into music. In his music, health is distinguished from disease by harmony. Alterovitz studied protein networks in colon cancer data, and found four key ones that he then assigned a note to. He found that "notes would form a harmonic chord in normal, healthy states and become increasingly out of tune as key physiological signs go awry, signaling disease," reports a story in Technology Review. He hopes that in the future, doctors will be able to detect disease earlier "via a musical slip into discord."
Diagnosis: Out of Tune
Jul 18, 2008