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BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 13 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3675

A choral work in which the musical parts are derived from the singers’ own genetic codes will receive its London premiere at the Royal Society of Medicine on 13 July. Allele has been composed by Michael Zev Gordon, with text written by poet Ruth Padel. It will be performed by the New London Chamber Choir and is part of a public event entitled Music from the Genome. The project combines the composition of Allele with original scientific research investigating the genetic determinants of musical ability. The results of the research will be announced at the event and may suggest that musical ability depends in part on brain biochemistry. For tickets contact

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