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DNA Makes Sweet Music!
CBSNEWS.COM ^ | Jan 18, 2003 | Dr. Aurora Sanchez Sousa

Posted on 01/19/2003 12:24:15 PM PST by forsnax5

Imagine the human genome as music. Unravel DNA's double helix, picture its components lined up like piano keys and assign a note to each. Run your finger along the keys.

Spanish scientists did that just for fun and recorded what they call an audio version of the blueprint for life.

The team at Madrid's Ramon y Cajal Hospital was intrigued by music's lure - how it can make toddlers dance and adults cry - and looked for hints in the genetic material that makes us what we are. They also had some microbial genes wax melodic.

The end product is "Genoma Music," a 10-tune CD due out in February. "It's a way to bring science and music closer together," said Dr. Aurora Sanchez Sousa, a piano-playing microbiologist who specializes in fungi.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: crevolist; dna; genetics; genome; genomemusic; music; science
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Samples of the music can be found here.
1 posted on 01/19/2003 12:24:15 PM PST by forsnax5
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2 posted on 01/19/2003 12:26:20 PM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: forsnax5
Fascinating.
3 posted on 01/19/2003 12:26:48 PM PST by RAT Patrol
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To: forsnax5
Thanks for the link, most cool. We really do have music in us.
4 posted on 01/19/2003 12:28:54 PM PST by bribriagain
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To: forsnax5
The piece that plays at his website sounds like a dom7sus4 arpeggio resolving. It's hard to miss with a diatonic scale. I'd be impressed if it made music using a chromatic one.
5 posted on 01/19/2003 12:33:33 PM PST by Senator Pardek ()
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To: forsnax5
Are people who can't sing missing the music gene?
6 posted on 01/19/2003 12:35:42 PM PST by Happygal
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To: *crevo_list
Hey y'all, evolution's got a theme song!
7 posted on 01/19/2003 12:39:59 PM PST by forsnax5 ((My DNA plays "Rocky Mountain High"))
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To: Senator Pardek
Do you have a link to the site. I checked out the article, but didn't find a link. Thanks.

/john

8 posted on 01/19/2003 1:03:30 PM PST by JRandomFreeper
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To: forsnax5
He arbitrarily assigned tones of the eight-note, do-re-mi scale to each letter. Thymine became re, for instance. Guanine is so, adenine la and cytosine do.

Before I could pass judgement on this, I'd have to know what it would sound like if a computer were to just give random patterns of do, re, fa, and so. Then I'd like to give people the Pepsi challenge with it.

9 posted on 01/19/2003 1:19:50 PM PST by inquest
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To: forsnax5
As a graduate student in a Biology Department, I used to doze off while lecturers read endless DNA sequences:ATTCCGATTAA... Then, an excited whisper would wake me up: a TATA box!!!! a CAT!!!This music is not any better.
10 posted on 01/19/2003 1:20:55 PM PST by Former Fetus
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To: JRandomFreeper
http://www.toddbarton.com/response/
11 posted on 01/19/2003 1:21:07 PM PST by Wolverine
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To: JRandomFreeper
Samples of the music can be found here.

12 posted on 01/19/2003 1:23:50 PM PST by Senator Pardek ()
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To: inquest
I'd have to know what it would sound like if a computer were to just give random patterns of do, re, fa, and so.

It's shooting fish in a barrel. Regardless of which note is percieved as the tonic, you'll get some "new agey" melodies.

13 posted on 01/19/2003 1:26:57 PM PST by Senator Pardek ()
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To: forsnax5
Thanks for the link.

Some real toe-tappers!

14 posted on 01/19/2003 1:30:06 PM PST by Six Bells
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To: Senator Pardek
bump
15 posted on 01/19/2003 1:31:52 PM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: forsnax5
No, creation has the song.
16 posted on 01/19/2003 1:32:34 PM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: forsnax5
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17 posted on 01/19/2003 1:48:24 PM PST by ppaul
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To: TEXOKIE; Yellow Rose of Texas; amom
Thought y'all would enjoy this!
18 posted on 01/19/2003 1:50:27 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Senator Pardek; Wolverine
Thanks for the link.

/john

19 posted on 01/19/2003 2:09:38 PM PST by JRandomFreeper
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To: Alamo-Girl; TEXOKIE
Most interesting. Thanks so much for the heads up.

I can't wait to see what TexOkie's input is.

Hugs
20 posted on 01/19/2003 4:11:54 PM PST by amom
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