Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Music of the Strings
While quirky, there is a serious side to this. The genome projects are producing vast reams of protein structure, finding patters in the plethora of variants of particular proteins is rather difficult, but when you convert them into music, altered structural patterns are immediately noticeable. Perhaps in the future we will search protein databases by sound, computer workstations resounding to the music of the strings, rather than the dry tapping of keyboards.
Here's a small MIDI file I have made from the sequence of beta-amyloid, the protein that causes Alzheimer's disease. It is quite discordant, as befits such a rogue protein.
Waltz of the Beta-Amyloid
PS - have any other interesting proteins lying around?
Yes, I have LOTS of interesting proteins around. The muical differnce netween amyloid and its precursor would be interesting, and there are all these frog peptides ...
Some say I have too much time on my hands. I'm excited to get my hands on some other proteins. Let's make an album! :)