Manchester Science Festival 2018: Music & Mutation

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    As part of the Manchester Science Festival and Manchester Institute of Biotechnology’s shared visions for making scientific research accessible to the general public, music composed from DNA sequences was premiered to Saturday morning concert goers. The initiative was started over the summer as a joint venture between Dr. Nick Weise and a Lecturer from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Dr. Michelle Phillips. With the help of a student composer and a string trio, three pieces of music were composed and used as part of a recital lecture to explain the problems that occur when transferring genes between organisms in biotechnological research. The music used actual DNA sequences used by MIB researchers in recent publications to demonstrate the principles of heterologous gene expression and codon optimisation. Through continued partnership with the RNCM, it is hoped that both organisations can reach each others’ outreach audiences, resulting in wider dissemination of science and music within local communities.
    Period27 Oct 2018
    Event typeConference
    LocationManchester, United KingdomShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionLocal

    Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

    • Biotechnology
    • Cancer
    • Manchester Institute of Biotechnology