Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Listening to protein sequences

Proteins are created by sequences of amino acids. Molecular biologists at UCLA have assigned each of the 20 amino acids a different musical chord.

"We assigned a chord to each amino acid," said Rie Takahashi, a UCLA research assistant and an award-winning, classically trained piano player. "We want to see if we can hear patterns within the music, as opposed to looking at the letters of an amino acid or protein sequence. We can listen to a protein, as opposed to just looking at it."

Check out the researchers' website to listen to sequences, or even submit your own to be converted into a musical format.

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