Thursday, December 20, 2007

Science: Sound of life - DNA's 'music' recorded and patented

'Music' coming from the movement of DNA, has been recorded and patented for the first time by a team of Italian and American researchers, Italian News Agency Adnkronos reported on Wednesday.

The team of scientists have been led by Carlo Ventura, a professor of molecular biology at Italy's University of Bologna and physicist James Gimzewski from the American University of California, Los Angeles.

Xinhua reports the discovery could in the future make scientists similar to the "conductors of orchestras" with the capacity to identify the cells and to differentiate them with a precise sound, Adnkronos said.

The researchers are trying to understand if the "sound" can pinpoint the cells and make them understand better what they can do in terms of genetic modification.