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," said Rie Takahashi, a UCLA research assistant and an award-winning, classically trained piano player.
Jeffrey H. Miller, distinguished professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics, and a member of UCLA's Molecular Biology Institute, had been considering the project for years but needed help from someone who was both a molecular geneticist and a serious classical musician. Takahashi fit the bill and the two began working on the project.
"Many scientists like classical music," Takahashi notes. "Before I took a course from Dr. Miller, those two worlds were separate in my mind. To bridge the two is very rewarding. My piano teacher doesn't have a science background, but when I use music to explain proteins to him, it goes from gibberish to something that really interests him."
Even Diseases apparently have a pleasant Chopinesque sound, like the prion responsible for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.
Or here’s the lively converted sounds of hemoglobin found in the aquatic Chironomous insect.
Link: The Sound of Chironomous Hemoglobin
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