Agilent Sings the Praises of Music

Researchers have long known that music can have measurable effects on people, animals and even plants.  A recent study from Australia finds that people who engage with music – including dancing and attending musical events – report higher levels of wellbeing.

Agilent technologies have been used to study the effects of music.

Researchers in China exposed mice to classical music for one month, after which the mice showed improvement in memory and learning capability.  The study found that 454 genes in the cortex and 437 genes in the hippocampus were significantly affected by exposure to music.  Several Agilent technologies were used, including a Bioanalyzer system, microarrays, microarray scanner and low RNA input linear amplification kit.

Researchers in the U.S. monitored heart disease patients who either engaged in music or read quietly for one hour.  The study found that recreational music making may be more effective than quiet reading for altering the expression of genes related to stress, making RMM more clinically useful for stress amelioration.  The researchers used an Agilent Bioanalyzer Nanochip to assess the quality of the RNA samples.

And who says scientists don’t have fun?  Researchers in Greece exposed carp fish to classical music played underwater (the Romanze-Andante from Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nacht Musik”).  The study found that music exposure had a positive effect on fish growth, counteracting an otherwise stressful environment.  Music could help ensure fish welfare under intensive fish farming conditions.  The researchers used an Agilent Network Gas Chromatography System in their work.

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