A sheet music for Life

According to SEED, biologists are developing a standard notation that will permit them to visually model complex systems in systems biology, a discipline that combines computer science and biochemistry to describe the energy zipping through cells. And like any elegant language, the new script uses only about 50 symbols to map these processes, which makes the following parallel apt.

'Once people learn the symbols and grammar they will be able to share biological pathways in the same way musicians share music,' [Nicolas] Le Novère [of the European Bioinformatics Institute] says. 'An American pianist, a European pianist, and a Chinese pianist can all read and interpret the same sheet of Mozart.'

Wayne