Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ectoplasmic Sonification

The pathway chart from Roche is always a fascinating visual immersion in the panoply of activities in the cytoplasm.  But it is static, and visual, and while visualization is a great modality maybe it doesn't provide quite the immersive experience required of such a network.  In the words of Ursula Goodenough“Patterns of gene expression are to organisms as melodies and harmonies are to sonatas. It's all about...sets of proteins..."

So maybe, to take her words literally, what we need is a sonification of the activities in the cytoplasm, to really understand how it all is put together.  Then famous DJs could remix the cytoplasm, and even the best will make it on to the dance charts; wouldn't that be groovy?

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