Where did the idea for the genetic music project come from?

Making music out of DNA sequences is not an original idea. I remember first learning about a professor who made music out of sequence for insulin sometime in the 1990s. More recently composer Alexandra Pajak came out with an album of music based on the sequence for the HIV virus and a story by Benjamin Matvey featured an odd little scientist compulsively humming his genome in his head. This project started back in 2008 when my friend Liz Wade and I decided to send in our saliva to 23andme.com to get tested. From that code Liz composed a number of songs and since then I have been pestering my friends around the country to make music out of pieces of my code. I have been extremely pleased by the creativity it has unleashed, and now I want to open up the project to the world.

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