Swine flu is music to the ears
"Swine flu has been sequenced. More out of curiosity than anything else, I wrote code to translate a key gene into a piece of ambient music:Avian flu H5N1 unsequenced here.
* “Swine Flu Hemagglutinin” (download from binarybooty.com)
* “Swine Flu Hemagglutinin” (local system heavily taxed as of 2009-04-30, so will be slow: mp3, 6.7 megabytes)
The algorithm I used is a bit complicated, but just in case you’re curious: since the gene is expressed as a surface protein antibodies can sense, it’s considered as a string of amino acids. Each beat corresponds to one amino acid, and the piece is in 3/4 time, so each six measures would correspond to five turns around the alpha structure. (I’m weaseling because I haven’t the foggiest idea how the protein actually gets folded.) Amino acids with side chains that are neither aromatic not aliphatic control the piano and organ: the nine non-hydrophobics the piano, and the four hydrophobics the organ. The three amino acids with aliphatic side chains control the low synthesizer, while the four with aromatics control the percussion" - from Stephan-zielinski.com
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