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Scientists turn coronavirus into music

Scientists at MIT have turned the structure of coronavirus into a musical form using artificial intelligence

If you’ve ever wondered what coronavirus might sound like, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have transposed the virus’ structure into musical form.

The tune was generated by artificial intelligence, and the university says it will help researchers to spot details that they might miss under the microscope.

Professor Markus Buehler said he and his team have already used it to analyse the “vibrational structure” of coronavirus’ spike proteins – the appendage that makes it especially contagious.

“Understanding these vibrational patterns is critical for drug design and much more,” said Professor Buehler.