Converting DNA to music: composalign
Alignments are part of the most important data type in the field of comparative genomics. They can be abstracted to a character matrix derived from aligned sequences. A variety of biological questions forces the researcher to inspect these alignments. Our tool, called COMPOSALIGN, was developed to sonify large scale genomic data. The resulting musical composition is based on COMMON MUSIC and allows the mapping of genes to motifs and species to instruments. It enables the researcher to listen to the musical representation of the genome-wide alignment and contrasts a bioinformatician's sight-oriented work at the computer.
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