The coronavirus structure becomes music: the MIT experiment

We are happy to report this interview with Markus Buehler, programmer engineer and physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston.

Using sonification, an artificial intelligence technique, Buehler has translated the amino acid sequences in the virus’ protein chain into music: it’s a strategy for understanding how the virus “tricks” our cells.

Listening to the vibrations of SARS-CoV-2, we realise that the virus uses gentle frequencies to be hosted by cells, which will then be reprogrammed by him for his use and consumption. It’s a suavissant charmer: Baby let me in, I’m a tired old woman, says Snow White’s witch, or the wolf who fakes her grandmother’s voice in bed to eat Little Red Riding Hood.

But there’s no good or bad in nature. There’s reality. This is why fairy tales should not be sweetened when you tell children: the bad does not turn into good (there are few conversions of the unnamed), the predator is predator. Pedagogically, it is up to us not to be surprised, but without living every day in a state of alert or panic: even if we are physically more alone than before, it is the dimension of being together with others that loosens the state of defensive stress. But let’s not deny reality: nature is out there, stepmother and benign at the same time, in a magical plurality of forms.

Maria Giulia Marini

Epidemiologist and counselor in transactional analysis, thirty years of professional life in health care. I have a classic humanistic background, including the knowledge of Ancient Greek and Latin, which opened me to study languages and arts, becoming an Art Coach. I followed afterward scientific academic studies, in clinical pharmacology with an academic specialization in Epidemiology (University of Milan and Pavia). Past international experiences at the Harvard Medical School and in a pharma company at Mainz in Germany. Currently Director of Innovation in the Health Care Area of Fondazione ISTUD a center for educational and social and health care research. I'm serving as president of EUNAMES- European Narrative Medicine Society, on the board of Italian Society of Narrative Medicine, a tenured professor of Narrative Medicine at La Sapienza, Roma, and teaching narrative medicine in other universities and institutions at a national and international level. In 2016 I was a referee for the World Health Organization- Europen for “Narrative Method of Research in Public Health.” Writer of the books; “Narrative medicine: Bridging the gap between Evidence-Based care and Medical Humanities,” and "Languages of care in Narrative Medicine" edited with Springer, and since 2021 main editor for Springer of the new series "New Paradigms in Health Care."

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