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Friday SNPpets

Welcome to our Friday feature link collection: SNPpets. During the week we come across a lot of links and reads that we think are interesting, but don’t make it to a blog post. Here they are for your enjoyment…

Friday Fun: Quilting the Genome

genome quiltSo, in the spirit of friday fun where we’ve done  puzzles, genome music and other fun stuff (so, ok, not always on Friday), I thought I’d show you an interesting site: Genome Quilts. The creator of these quilts created a one genome quilt legendsquare pattern for each nucleotide and then quilts these squares in order of a particular gene (the one to the left is this one I believe). So, as an example she posts what I’ve included on the right. Some beautiful quilts. Genomics can be beautiful. So, now I’m thinking, I like to knit… I wonder what patterns I could do for nucleotides or amino acids… hmm, could be a mess, or beautiful. I’ll have to think about that one.

Tip of the Week: Clock Gene Music


If you didn’t know it already, there is an entire community out there, having noted the similarity between biological sequences and music, that has been working out methods to convert DNA and protein sequences into music using the properties/differences in the bases and amino acids. Some of the results of this fiddling have created some interesting, and often haunting and beautiful, music. One such site is Gene2Music. Here, several people (Rie Takahashi, Jeffery Miller et. al) have created an algorithm to translate gene sequences into music. In this tip of the week we’ll show you the site and how to take a gene of interest and create your own piece. Take a quick listen to Human ThyA (audio) and then listen to a piece composed by Rie Takahashi based on the themes of ThyA. Impressive. Maybe the next Mozart will do a series of compositions based on the human genome (that will be one long concert).