Scientists from MIT have transformed the structure of the coronavirus into music. This practice, which is an ancient method of biology, can make it easier to find anti-virus drugs.
Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) explain the structure of the coronavirus in an unfamiliar way. Scientists have transformed the structure of spike proteins that make up the coronavirus into music using the sonification method.
This method, called sonification, has been used by scientists for a long time. The structure of all items can be transformed into music with this method, which is applied by giving certain notes to the main components of the items.
How was the structure of the coronavirus transformed into music?
Spike, the protein that forms the structure of the coronavirus, allows the coronavirus to bind to the cells. Different sides of the protein of the virus were used to transform the structure of this protein into music. Spike protein, like all other proteins, has spikes made up of amino acids. Scientists also made notes on each of these amino acids. After the notes were assigned to the amino acids, the notes were brought together according to how the amino acids came together.
In real life, amino acids tend to spirally curl or lie on a sheet. The researchers determined the duration and width of the notes, considering these trends of amino acids.
Why was the structure of the coronavirus transformed into music?
Many people who have heard that the structure of the coronavirus has been turned into music may come to the question of why such a study has been done. There is a serious explanation for this in terms of biology science. Sonification can shorten the process of identifying substances to be bound to these substances.
Scientists from MIT want to speed up the discovery of the drug to be used in the treatment of coronavirus by transforming the structure of the coronavirus into music. Thanks to the coronavirus song, the determination of the drug to be attached to the coronavirus can be much easier and faster.
Researchers from MIT suggest that sonification is much easier and faster than traditional protein inspection methods such as molecular modeling. The process of finding the drug can be accelerated by comparing the musical structure of the spike protein with the large database of data from other qualified proteins.
For the song obtained from the structure of the coronavirus, after the scientists determined the notes, they created this song with the instruments of their choice. The Japanese instrument, Koto, is the basis of this song. Other scientists can recreate the coronavirus song using another instrument instead of cotton.
Music from the structure of the coronavirus: