bacteria music

23 05 2007

Apparently a team of researchers at Keio University in Japan are coming up with a way of storing data in Bacteria. The linked article reads: “Character combinations can stand for specific letters and symbols – so codes in genomes can be translated, or read, to produce music, text, video and other content.”

It gets me to thinking: What if one encoded a piece of music in a bacteria’s DNA, devised a way to get it to mutate, and then extracted the information.  What would it the music sound like?  What if you did this a thousand times.  Would the pieces start to sound the same after a while?

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23 05 2007
jonnymia

” What if one encoded a piece of music in a bacteria’s DNA, devised a way to get it to mutate, and then extracted the information. What would it the music sound like? ”

Like be-bop.

” What if you did this a thousand times. Would the pieces start to sound the same after a while?”

You’d get Smooth Jazz.

23 05 2007
aaron

This sounds like the premise of a bad sci/fi film.

Some song will create the most powerful bacteria and it will spread and kill of all of humanity… excluding, I don’t know, Christian Bale and Kate Beckinsale.

4 06 2007
Crazy Bumpkin one

Wait a minute – music IS bacteria!

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