Tala Ko

Converting DNA Structures into Music

Posted on: Tuesday, 22 July 2008

“Highly complex DNA structures can be tranformed into musical sounds, which might eventually be used to monitor sick patients. In the acoustic translation, harmony represents good health, and discord indicates disease.

Finally auditory information will allow surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other physicians to be able to focus on their task and listen at the same time.”

Wooooooow. This just blows my mind. I wonder what my DNA sounds like! Click on the link at the bottom to listen to a sample – it’s awesome!

clipped from www.boston.com

Future doctors could monitor health through music of the patients’ genes

In this representation of genetic activity, the circles are genes, the lines signify relationships, and colors indicate genes that have similar functions.
In this representation of genetic activity, the circles are genes, the lines signify relationships, and colors indicate genes that have similar functions.
They use mathematical techniques, in the case of colon cancer, for instance, to reduce the data from a group of nearly 10,000 genes down to just four combinations that they say represent virtually all the variability in the data.
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Discovering Biological Guilds Through Topological Abstraction

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Each combination is then assigned a note. When three or more notes are played at the same time, they become a chord. When those chords are played across time, they become music.
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The researchers assign a harmonious sound to a normal, healthy gene network. When there are deviations in the genes’ behavior — such as the presence of disease — the music sounds inharmonious.
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