“Swine Flu Hemagglutinin”: amino acid sequence as ambient music | Stephan Zielinski: Dwa

“Swine Flu Hemagglutinin”: amino acid sequence as ambient music | Stephan Zielinski: Dwa

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:

Swine Flu Hemagglutinin (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.

And now we have the sound of Swine Flu. And it sound rather nice… 😉

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3 Responses to ““Swine Flu Hemagglutinin”: amino acid sequence as ambient music | Stephan Zielinski: Dwa”

  1. Rahul Gupta Says:

    Great Idea…I liked the way you have assigned different nodes to different Amino Acids on their Properties.

    I have worked on Sendai Virus Hemaglutinin Neuraminidase for last 3 years,We have also proposed and published 3-D model for the same.

    Will you be interested in converting this sequence in Music too?

    I liked it !!!

    Rahul Gupta
    MS Bioinformatics
    Indiana University
    Bloomington

    Like

  2. Steve Goodwin Says:

    Sounds like a beginner band piece. Kind of halting, kind of haunting. Rather cool! Hope I never catch it, but listening to it isn’t half bad….

    Like

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