We have converted genome-encoded protein sequences into musical notes to reveal auditory patterns without compromising musicality. We derived a reduced range of 13 base notes by pairing similar amino acids and distinguishing them using variations of three-note chords and codon distribution to dictate rhythm. The conversion will help make genomic coding sequences more approachable for the general public, young children, and vision-impaired scientists.
Far from the first time that this has been tried – but perhaps the first report in a high-impact journal.
The supplementary data include mp3 files for download. Human ThyA sounds surprisingly good.
Update: play any gene using Alf’s Greasemonkey script