Mixing Biology and Music

I came across a very interesting article about how scientists are taking protein sequences and using them to create musical sequences.  The idea is that if scientists or doctors can learn what “good” proteins sound like, they can listen to the sequences and see if a particular protein is bad or diseased.  In the short term it is being used as a learning tool, allowing students to know not just the characteristics of a protein, but what it sounds like.

What does this mean for music students?  It makes the ability to understand musical patterns and phrases even more important for tomorrow’s world.  As information becomes more and more complicated, people will search for ways to understand patterns that are not just visual.  If someone is trained in music, they will be well prepared to understand and use these new paradigms in the future.

Just one more reason to study music!

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