What does DNA sound like? Using music to unlock the secrets of genetic code


I’ve been studying molecular biology for many years. I also have a keen interest in music, having played with Sydney pop band the Hummingbirds. Usually, there is little overlap between these two pursuits, but I recently became aware of people using DNA sequences to create music.

This is called sonification. The people doing this usually treat DNA sequences as random patterns to create nice-sounding music. But what if we used musical notes to find out something useful about DNA sequences, like where mutations occur?

So I put on my coding hat and devised a tool that converts a DNA sequence into an audio stream. The results were recently published in the journal BMC Bioinformatics.


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Crianças que têm aula de música ampliam suas funções cognitivas para sempre

“A música é capaz de despertar memórias, emoções e sentimentos profundos. Ela penetra tão profundamente em nosso sistema nervoso que é, comumente, a última coisa que perdemos. Quando músicos de jazz tocam de improviso (uma característica frequente desse tipo de música), seus cérebros “desligam” áreas ligadas à autocensura e à inibição e ativam aquelas que deixam fluir a autoexpressão. Ou seja, ao desligarem a inibição, eles davam espaço à criatividade: através da revelação posso conhecer a mim mesmo e ao outro. ”


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After Years Of Silence Between Them, Garfunkel Confronts Simon On Stage, And The Audience Erupts.






Sometimes, a song is released and you know instantly that it’s going to be one that will be remembered for decades to come. It could be a one hit wonder, or it could be from an artist that is well-known for their amazing vocal abilities and inspiring instrumental talent. And one such song is ‘The Sound of Silence’ by Simon and Garfunkel.

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